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Leo Stepanovich Demidov, the hero of Tom Rob Smith's sensational debut thriller, Child 44, seems to have stepped out of the pages of a classic by Hammett or Chandler. He's a rugged WWII veteran, a natural athlete capable of chasing down a fugitive with an hour's head start across a snowy landscape. He has secrets (mostly of the family variety, and mostly sublimated) as well as vices (a meth habit he acquired during the war). And he's got a femme at home who could very well prove to be fatale: his wife, Raisa, a schoolteacher who he suspects may be working on more than just lesson plans with one of her colleagues. He's also developing an unwelcome virtue a sense of conscience as he stumbles on a series of gruesome murders of young children that local authorities seem incapable of solving on their own.

Author: Tom Rob Smith
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781847391599
Cover Type: Hard-Back Cover

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