Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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His father, a general in the Great Patriotic War, complains that his son only visits when he wants information. Arkady, observing American clerks using telephones in NY: "The clerks would pick up a phone, say no more than a word or two and set it down. He knows how the system works, sees no problem in "losing" the files on a few murder cases to keep the crime rate low and the politicians happy. In the case of Gorky Park, the protagonist is Arkady Renko, a chief investigator for the militsiya, the regular Moscow police. R. was home to a brilliant real-life scientist, an archaeologist and anthropologist named Mikhail M.

Finding three bodies buried in the snow in Gorky park, Renko is hampered by his own bosses in trying to find some form of justice for the dead. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and the New York City police as he pursues a rich, ruthless, and well-connected American fur dealer. Set in the late 70s (the book was first published in 1981) this is the SOVIET UNION, Leonid freaking Brezhnev, and still some old pre-revolution folks running around Moscow.

Martin Cruz Smith (born Martin William Smith), American novelist, received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. It begins with a triple murder in a Moscow amusement park: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. The way Martin Cruz Smith manages to beautify the saddest and weakest vulnerabilities of human beings while showing that that is what makes us strong in the first place.

They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed writing paper. When Renko claps his hands in delight at a new revelation, we are just a few steps behind him, which is about the right distance to keep between a professional and an amateur in such matters. Martin Cruz Smith has produced an intense yet finely-balanced murder mystery, one that keeps a reader guessing and on his toes. Instead I began to feel I was reading a sneaky tongue-in-cheek joke mystery or an overcooked Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon!Cleverly and intelligently told, The Girl from Venice is a truly riveting tale of love, mystery and rampant danger. Arkady is used to handling homicides resulting from drunkenness, and these murders have the hallmarks of a state-sanctioned assassination.

The novel was praised for the authenticity with which it depicted life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. I was able to forgive the fact the the author seems to think that Moscow is located at the north pole. When a key witness and a colleague are gunned down Arkady tries to save Irina from the same fate, only to learn that he is being framed for a murder of a friend.He is a cop, whose job is to clean up the bloodstains left by his fellow citizens in moments of rage and madness. A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. FBI agents escort Arkady and Irina to Osborne's ranch on Staten Island where the exchange is supposed to take place.

I believe that I attempted to read the book once before, perhaps shortly after it's publication, but did not finish. Smith covers all the bases here; Vodka, Lenin, Stalin, the KGB, the communist party, volgas, this novel lives and breathes Russia. Later, in America, Renko is manhandled and passed around in the custody of the FBI, the New York City police, the KGB, and a rogue triple agent.

Gorky Park'' depicts a society where it is important to own a washing machine even if it doesn't work, so that your neighbors know you possess such a wonderful thing. It's an excellent police procedural/thriller with a compelling narrative, strong characterizations and fine descriptive detail of crime, forensics and detection in Moscow toward the end of the Soviet Era.



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