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Barn 44 By Tom Rob Smith Barn Moskva Stalins j rngrepp r h rt och kallt och s kerhetstj nstens myndighetsut vning brutal och urskiljningsl s I detta perfekta samh lle verkar officeren Leo Demidov en krigshj lte som ocks r h n

  • Title: Barn 44
  • Author: Tom Rob Smith
  • ISBN: 9789113025407
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Barn 44 By Tom Rob Smith Moskva 1953 Stalins j rngrepp r h rt och kallt och s kerhetstj nstens myndighetsut vning brutal och urskiljningsl s I detta perfekta samh lle verkar officeren Leo Demidov en krigshj lte som ocks r h ngiven Sovjetmedborgare och lojal mot sin arbetsgivare Men han har b rjat tvivla tvivla p ett samh lle som kommenderar sina medborgare att tro att brott inte exiMoskva 1953 Stalins j rngrepp r h rt och kallt och s kerhetstj nstens myndighetsut vning brutal och urskiljningsl s I detta perfekta samh lle verkar officeren Leo Demidov en krigshj lte som ocks r h ngiven Sovjetmedborgare och lojal mot sin arbetsgivare Men han har b rjat tvivla tvivla p ett samh lle som kommenderar sina medborgare att tro att brott inte existerar och d r oskyldiga kan torteras till d ds Dessutom f rs ker man m rka ett barns d d F r, som titeln anger, handlar det om en l ng rad ouppklarade barnmord Sp ren, f r den som vill se dem, pekar p att det g r en blodt rstig m rdare l s Leo Demidovs trofasthet st lls p sin spets n r han tvingas spionera p sin egen hustru, Raisa, som misst nks vara illojal Sovjetmedborgare N r han l ter hj rtat styra fattar han tillsammans med Raisa beslutet att fly till en avl gsen by djupt inne i Aralbergen men d r uppt cker Leo till sin fasa att samma typ av barnmord han varit med om att m rka i Moskva ocks gt rum h r Han beslutar sig f r att tillsammans med sin fru ingripa mot denna barnslaktare som g r l s Ett beslut som g r dem till verkliga fiender till staten.Milj n, atmosf ren och tidsandan i Stalins Sovjet tillsammans med de brutalt omskakande barnmorden samt det faktum att den h mtat inspiration fr n verkliga h ndelser g r Barn 44 till en s llsynt beg vad och slagkraftig thriller som dessutom sensationellt hamnade p l nglistan till Bookerpriset, vilket r ett mycket gott betyg p f rfattarens f rm ga.
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    1. Zinta on said:

      If it weren t for the Soviet Union and the blood lust of the Russian communists, I would not exist My parents were World War II refugees, on the run for their lives from Soviet occupied Latvia They arrived in the United States at about the same time, immigrants with nothing but what they wore on their backs, with the most skeletal English language skills Had they not spotted each other across the room of immigrants and felt drawn one to the other, well, that would have been an entirely different [...]

    2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* on said:

      3.5 starsSet at the end of Stalin s reign in 1953 this book was an eye opener for me I just had no clue.Living in Russia at that time was when you lived in fear of that four a.m arrest Are you an enemy of the state It didn t really matter if you were truly innocent, once you had been named you might as well kiss it good bye.Leo Demidov is a former war hero who works for the MGB or state security force and had always done his job with no questioning of authority There was a joke, popular among of [...]

    3. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report In the Socialist Worker s Paradise that is Stalin s 1953 Russia, There Is No Crime Sorry, I know that all the caps are like having your lashes tweezed, but this is the Soviet Union we re talking about, and everything is A Slogan The proletariat is blissfully free of the Capitalist Curse Called Crime.They re afraid of the State than they are each other With good reason There are traitors, informants, everywhere Even in your own bed, you are never safe from the dan [...]

    4. Carol on said:

      4 Stars Right from the start, Tom Rob Smith introduces us to an inhumane existence of starvation and brutality under Stalin s rule You can trust no one one Life is Fear Life is Torture Innocence does not matter Life is a matter of Efficiency, important than Truth.And while living the unimaginable, there is a mysterious child killer on the loose that Security Officer, Leo Demidov is determined to stop, even after his demotion, even after mind altering drugs, even when he is on the run, and even [...]

    5. Will Byrnes on said:

      Smith offers a look into the Soviet Union of 1953, a dark, desperate place in which the state had become a manifestation of Stalin s paranoia The ideological need of the state to present the communist ideal as an actualized reality impaired its ability, its willingness to address bad things when they happened, for surely, in this workers paradise, such things would never happen Things like serial killers, things like crime of any sort Thus all crime is ideological and all criminals are enemies o [...]

    6. Willow on said:

      Child 44 is one of the best books I ve read all year So of course while I was reading, I wanted to tell everybody about it, shout it to the rooftops, fighting the urge to send a recommendation to all my good GR buddies One of the reasons I didn t was because I realized that while I was riveted, this book is definitely not for everyone It s grim and gristly, and there are a couple of scenes that are like a punch to the gut In fact, the beginning almost reads like a horror novel It s a thriller th [...]

    7. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Child 44, Tom Rob Smith 2012 44 1389 455 9789641910923 20 44 52 .

    8. Supratim on said:

      I would like to rate it 4.5 but alas I don t have that option.Let me begin by saying that this book has exceeded my expectations Personally, I would say that it is a tad better than Gorky Park an excellent book about a Soviet policeman.The atmosphere of fear, desperation, tension, suspense has been used so effectively by the author The start itself is so chilling it is 1933 and we visit the village of Chervoy, Ukraine then a part of the Soviet Union Lack of food has reduced humans to eating thei [...]

    9. Dem on said:

      Child 44 is one of those books that only come along once in awhile and when it does it makes you exclaim out loud This novel draws you into the story, the characters are very well drawn and the plot is excellent, one of those book that you just cant put down, I loved this thriller murder mystery book, it is set in the Soviet Union during Stalin s rule and is loosely based on real life killer Andrei Chikatilo and follows the story through the eyes of Leo Dimidov, the government agent who is tryin [...]

    10. Michael on said:

      Child 44 is a novel that s hard to figure out where to place on the bookshelf It s a political thriller, a murder mystery and a horror story all in one Combining those elements alone would have been enough, but first time novelist Tom Rob Smith takes is further, setting his story around the time of the death of Stalin in the former Soviet Union Smith recreates the atmosphere of paranoia, doubt and suspicion of the time and place with ease, adding an extra layer of tension to his story.On the sur [...]

    11. Jonetta on said:

      Originally posted on The Book NymphoThe story is set in 1953 Russia, shortly before the end of Joseph Stalin s reign of terror There s evidence of a possible serial killer at large but one of the propaganda truths is that Russia is crime free Leo Demidov, a member of the powerful and feared MGB predecessor of the KGB , is sent to investigate one of the murders but is instructed to classify it as an accident It sets off a chain of events that will forever change the man and his life I was mesmeri [...]

    12. aPriL does feral sometimes on said:

      A very long time ago and far away, I used to starve myself On purpose I had this idea I would transform into a super model Instead, one day I scratched my arm and tore my skin off Taking a deep breath, I almost broke ribs, but as it turned out, I simply pulled rib muscles True story Going without food is terrible It does awful things to your body, not just to your mind Child 44 opens in a small Ukraine village in 1933 The entire Soviet Union, but mostly the Ukraine, under the dictatorial hand of [...]

    13. Ms. Smartarse on said:

      To survive as a detective in 1950s communist Russia, you have to put your country above all Anything less is tantamount to high treason.When your superiors tell you to investigate a possible spy, you go and apprehend him her without stopping to think about the accuracy of the accusation Better let ten innocent men suffer than one spy escape If your subordinate thinks his son s tragic accident was in fact murder, you go and remind him of one of the fundaments of his society There is no crime.So w [...]

    14. Bettie☯ on said:

      23.12.2015 Re visit via the film Had binned this but after such glowing reviews by trusted friends it went back on the shelves Read by Dennis BoutsikarisExcellent mid three 87 TBR Busting 2013NEWS 15 04 2015 Hollywood s Child 44 pulled in Russia after falling foul of culture ministry Fears of censorship in Russia as Ridley Scott film about serial killer, starring Gary Oldman, withdrawn over distortion of facts and interpretation of events Source

    15. Michael on said:

      This is an expertly rendered and well executed thriller set in the Stalinist era Soviet Union The plot machinations are done just right, and there is enough grim local color including some harrowing scenes of starvation at the very beginning and the wonderfully iron clad certainty among the Soviets that a serial killer would be impossible in their country to lend heft to the proceedings It s a real page turner for those who enjoy the cat and mouse guessing game of thrillers.

    16. Warda on said:

      Updating my rating to 5 stars Isn t this how it starts You have a cause you believe in, a cause worth dying for Soon, it s a cause worth killing for Soon, it s a cause worth killing innocent people for This book was all kinds of awesomeness Set with the backdrop of the Soviet Union and the Russian communists, this brutal story follows our main character, Leo, who works as a detective, chasing a real life murderer which this story is based on The research that went into this story is pretty much [...]

    17. Perry on said:

      Desperately Hunting Child Killer With Bear s Hot Breath on Da Bum4.5An intense thriller that places the reader dead center into the gloom and dread of Stalin s Soviet Union The hero police detective Leo Demidov desperately searches for a murderer who came to be known as the Rostov Ripper, found to have committed 52 murders of children up and down a railway line , all while Demidov operates one step ahead of the breath quickening bear jaws of the KGB that seeks to enforce as truth the propaganda [...]

    18. Tania on said:

      For decades no one had taken action according to what they believed was right or wrong but by what they thought would please the leader.I thought this book was riveting I couldn t believe it was Tom Rob Smith s debut novel I especially appreciated how the he combined two genre s historical fiction and mystery seamlessly He painted such an incredibly vivid picture of Stalin s Soviet Union in the 1950 s you could really feel the terror, fear and cruelty of a whole country Friends and family denoun [...]

    19. Andrew Smith on said:

      This one has been on my list for ages I d read some excellent reviews, way back I recalled reading that it s set in Russia in the 50 s and that it s a crime novel,but I couldn t remember much else I counted this as a good thing as I really like to know as little as possible about a book before I launch into it.It opens with a scene in which a young boy is captured by a man and dragged away to an unknown fate, this during a time of famine It s a disturbing start Then, without any further referenc [...]

    20. Mish on said:

      The body of a little boy was discovered along the railway tracks in th city of Moscow, violently mutilated Leo Demidov, a dedicated MGB officer was ordered by his superiors to tell the grieving family that their boy s death was an unfortunate accident The boy s family were not convinced.Soon after Leo s loyalty to the MGB were tested And as a result, he was demoted and sent off to work with the Militia in an industrial village called Voualsk where another body of a child was found Without a thor [...]

    21. Maria Espadinha on said:

      Verdade ou Fic o Se h livros capazes de transmitir qu o t nue a linha que separa a realidade da fic o, este um deles.A hist ria come a no per odo do Holodomor uma poca de fome induzida pelo pr prio Estaline popula o da Ucr nia numa altura em que o Estado se apropriou de toda a produ o do campesinato ucraniano.Alegava se que tal medida se enquadrava no projecto de coletiviza o agr cola da URSS Contudo, n o era mais que uma puni o ao nacionalismo rebelde dos ucranianos que redundou num exterm nio [...]

    22. Cathrine ☯️ on said:

      4 I was in the mood for a thriller and picked this up based on GR friends reviews It did not disappoint A page turner perfect for a couple of cold rainy days with nothing interesting on TV The author takes us back to the post war 1950 s reworking the true story of a Russian serial killer First of a trilogy that did not leave the reader hanging.Yay It did not have quite the punch of I Am Pilgrim which I read earlier in the year, but it was not as far fetched either, authentic with great pacing Y [...]

    23. Britany on said:

      Wow I finally broke down and added this one due to the high level of great reviews from my GR friends I m SO glad that I did This is a book that I couldn t get through fast enough Set in the 1950s, Stalinistic Russia where friends and neighbors are turning each other into the police for ANY suspicious activity or anti Communist sentiment The chapters left you hanging for I constantly was like Just one chapter the twists were good and at one point I actually gasped out loud Cannot wait to read [...]

    24. Kemper on said:

      This well written book reminded me of Martin Cruz Smith s Arkady Renko series, and a movie based on the true story of a Soviet era serial killer called Citizen X The detail about living in the 1950 s Soviet Union is very convincing, and characters nicely developed The book s sole flaw is the reveal of the killer s motives and the ending, which come across as something you d see in a bad Hollywood thriller, but overall this was a fascinating story.

    25. Jadranka on said:

      Dinami na, uzbudljiva knjiga koja se ne ispu ta iz ruku bukvalno D Da nije bilo par nelogi nosti u samoj radnji, i previ e lakih i na brzinu smi ljenih re enja odre enih situacija, bila bi i odli na Ovako, ocena koju realno zaslu uje je vrlo dobar 4.

    26. ☮Karen on said:

      Three words FAB U LOUS So much to love in this multi genre book part historical fiction and cultural part murder mystery psychological thriller, all my favorites and quite sensational.It is 1953 in Stalin s Russia and there s a serial killer on the loose Only that cannot be Stalin s Russia boasts of being crime free Therefore, when Leo of the MGB later known as the KGB is sent to a colleague s home to investigate the murder of his son, it is not to investigate at all but to sweep it under the ru [...]

    27. Amy on said:

      It was decently written, and a compelling story, but I got the feeling I was reading a screenplay It was as if the author couldn t be bothered to fully flesh out a scene, so he s just say and then they all started shooting and people got killed Seemed sort of lazy

    28. Nick Pageant on said:

      Excellent thriller I ve been reading this very slowly because of RL, but last night I just couldn t stop myself and finished it in one go I m not saying anything about it If you like thrillers, you ll like this Great book

    29. Chris_P on said:

      2.5, to be precise.I don t know if, historically, Child 44 is 100% accurate Actually, I think it s far from it I do know one thing though it is one hell of a page turner I d like to make clear that as far as I am concerned, being a page turner doesn t make a book good I mean Dan Brown s Inferno was supposedly a page turner, but, in my humble opinion, it actually was far from good, making it really hard to turn the pages There are a bunch of other requirements that need to be met in order for me [...]

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