Leo Demidov

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650 ratings

Child 44 Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, New Writer of the Year, 2009.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Crime Thriller of the Year, 2009.

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia.

Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue.

©2008 Tom Rob Smith (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Child 44

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 939
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 937

    MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

    • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

    Regular price: £13.69

  • Book 2

    • The Secret Speech

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sadly not a match for Child 44

    • By Duncan on 26-05-12

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3

    • Agent 6

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    The Soviet Union is a country trying to reassert itself after the murderous excesses of Stalin and the chaos of the following years, and as the Cold War continues powers inside Russia seek to topple their great enemy, the United States of America. Communist allies within the United States will prove vital players in this game of intrigue and revolution. Raisa and their two daughters travel to the United States on a diplomatic mission, but a horrifying tragedy destroys everything Leo and Raisa have built. Leo must get to the States somehow and find out what happened.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmmmm

    • By Jimmy on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £14.39