Child 44

A full-page ad in the Times today announces the release of the debut thriller, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

The current Entertainment Weekly calls it “sensational” giving it an A-. Why the minus? The “prose is propulsive but plain; his real genius is his careful plotting.”

It’s also been selected for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. B&N will host reading group discussions in its stores and online book club, as well as in-store author appearances. There’s also a moody and effective reading by the author on the B& book page.

The book generated buzz at last year’s London Book Fair (the author is British) when Ridley Scott bought film rights before the show opened.

It was released in Great Britain (by S&S) in March. The Guardian reviewer on April 12th, says “I can think of few novels that have touched so eloquently on the complex moral climate of life in the Soviet Union while delivering all the pleasures of a brilliant airport read.”

It’s listed as on order by most libraries; a few already have it in circulation.

Child 44
by Tom Rob Smith

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446402389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446402385
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $39.98
  • Reader: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 160024159X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241598
  • Large Type: $26.99
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446509256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446509251

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