Leo Demidov

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 4,853 ratings

Child 44 Publisher's Summary

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State.

Leo Demidov knows this better than most. A rising, prominent officer in the State Security force, Leo is a former war hero whose only ambition is to serve his country. To defend this workers' paradise - and to guarantee a secure life for his parents and for his wife, Raisa - Leo has spent his career guarding against threats to the State. Ideological crimes - crimes of thought, crimes of disloyalty, crimes against the revolution - are forcefully suppressed, without question.

And then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal - a murderer - is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, all but sentenced to death. The only way to salvage what remains of his life is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it's a crime against the state to suggest that a murderer - much less a serial killer - is in their midst.

To save his life and the lives of his family, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the security forces, with only Raisa remaining at his side, to find and stop a criminal that the State won't even admit exists.

©2008 Tom Rob Smith (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Child 44

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,631
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

    • By Steven on 02-22-10

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Child 44

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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
    • Excellent, evocative book

    • By BSquaredInOz on 05-13-09

    Regular price: $14.59

  • Book 2

    • The Secret Speech

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 692
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 477

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love this author

    • By 6catz on 07-09-09

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Secret Speech

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the secret speech

    • By "unknown" on 10-02-11

    Regular price: $21.31

  • 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 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The last one in the series

    • By M GROTEPASS on 01-10-18

    Regular price: $15.34

    • Agent 6

    • By: Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 470
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 422
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 421

    Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well Executed, (but didn't stick the landing)

    • By Grant on 09-07-12

    Regular price: $17.09