Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer. His first novel, Child 44, published in 2008, was inspired by the true-life case of Andrei Chikatilo, who committed a series of child murders in Soviet Russia. It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year by the Crime Writers’ Association, named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award (former Whitbread). In July, 2009, he won the Waverton Good Read Award for first novels and the Galaxy Book Award for Best Newcomer with Child 44. Smith’s follow-up to Child 44, The Secret Speech, was published in April, 2009, and the final novel in the series, Agent 6, was published in July 2011. Smith’s fourth book, a standalone novel entitled The Farm, was published in February 2014.
Child 44 has been made in to a film starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, released globally in 2015. Smith has also written London Spy for BBC Two starring Ben Whishaw, and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.