Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer — and a country — where “crime” doesn’t exist.
Named one of the top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Child 44 is soon to be a motion picture from Lionsgate.
“An amazing debut — rich, different, fully formed, mature…and thrilling.” — Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to Lose
“Crackling…Smith’s prose is propulsive…His real genius is his careful plotting…an elaborate mystery.” — Entertainment Weekly
“One of the summer’s hottest thrill rides.” — USA Today