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Old 05-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Tom Rob Smith thriller for 81 cents on Fictionwise

I just picked up a book by Tom Rob Smith, called Child 44, for about 80 cents on Fictionwise. It was an awful lot more just a few days ago. I happened to spot it in an airport a while ago and mentally filed it away under 'sounds interesting'; can't go wrong for less than a US dollar.

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:With so many new books in the crime and thriller field vying for our attention, alert readers need all the help they can get. In the case of Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, the numerous glowing reviews were preceded by a lively word of mouth on the book. The latter can often be misleading, but not in this case -- this is a very exciting debut. It is set in the Soviet Union and in the year 1953; Stalin's reign of terror is at its height, and those who stand up against the might of the state vanish into the labour camps – or vanish altogether. With this background, it is an audacious move on Tom Rob Smith’s part to put his hero right at the heart of this hideous regime, as an officer in no less than the brutal Ministry State Security.

Leo Demidov is, basically, an instrument of the state -- by no means a villain, but one who tries to look not too closely into the repressive work he does. His superiors remind him that there is no crime in Soviet Union, and he is somehow able to maintain its fiction in his mind even as he tracks down and punishes the miscreants. The body of a young boy is found on railway tracks in Moscow, and Demidov is quickly informed that there is nothing to the case. He quickly realises that something unpleasant is being covered over here, but is forced to obey his orders. However, things begin to quickly unravel, and this ex-hero of state suddenly finds himself in disgrace, exiled with his wife Raisa to a town in the Ural Mountains. And things will get worse for him -- not only the murder of another child, but even the life and safety of his wife.

Tom Rob Smith’s beleaguered hero is a protagonist who we know will (at some point) have to rebel against the totalitarian state he works for. But it is the suspense of waiting for this moment as much as the exigencies of the thriller plot that makes this such a compelling novel. --Barry Forshaw "
Annoyingly enough - by which I mean very annoying - it wouldn't let me buy it at first because my credit card is for the UK. But I topped up my micropay with paypal and got it just fine.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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I don't see any books by "Tom Rob Smith" or any titles "Child 44" on Fictionwise. Usually, items priced that low are short stories or novellas.
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It is on Fictionwise here http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook66677.htm

Not available in either ePub or .LRF so I'm not going to download it.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:25 PM   #4
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Maybe their "Search" function was broken earlier. It didn't work earlier, but seems to find the book now. Of course, since I have a Kindle, the format isn't compatible, so I couldn't buy it anyway.

Also, the price is $7.99, not $.80.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:41 PM   #5
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It was $0.95 with $0.10 micropay rebate earlier today. Looks like it's back up to $7.99 now.
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:21 AM   #6
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Yep - got it for 81 cents (with 8 cents rebate). Thanks to the original poster!
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