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Gorky Park (original 1981; edition 1982)

by Martin Cruz Smith

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Title:Gorky Park
Authors:Martin Cruz Smith
Info:Ballantine Books (1982), Edition: 1st Printing, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Mystery, Fiction, Russia

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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (1981)

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This book was part of World Book Night 2014. The hero Arkady Renko is a senior investigator in Moscow and he is left with a triple murder, when three corpses are discovered frozen in the snow ,with the victims unidentifiable. We are in 1977 Russia with echoes of the Cold War in the background as our hero tries to uncover the truth behind the killings. Enjoyable read. ( )
  tbrennan1 | Oct 17, 2014 |
This is the first installment of the Inspector Renko books set in Moscow 1981 durinng the cold war.
Three bodies are discovered in Gorky park, Renko investigates he feels the KGB should be more involved, Renko keeps digging, his life is a mess his wife divorces him and his father disowns him, He falls in love with a suspect called Irina, alot of suspense and sub plots. Renko ends up in America and kills the main suspect.

I found this book hard going I kept at though. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Aug 11, 2014 |
Very highly recommended ( )
  Hanneri | Mar 12, 2014 |
Detective novels, police procedurals, whatever you call them, are not my cup of tea. However, I really, really liked this one. Well written and unique. ( )
  m2snick | Feb 19, 2014 |
Detective novels, police procedurals, whatever you call them, are not my cup of tea. However, I really, really liked this one. Well written and unique. ( )
  m2snick | Feb 19, 2014 |
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A triple murder in Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing.

Chief homicide investigator Arkday Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest and cynical about everything except his profession.

To identify the victims and uncover the truth he must battle the KGB, FBI, an New York Police as he pursues a rich, ruthless, and well-connected American fur dealer.

Meanwhile, Arkady is falling in love with a beautiful, headstrong dissident for whom he may risk everything.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345298349, Mass Market Paperback)

"Brilliant...One of the best books of the season."
ASSOCIATED PRESS
A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible--and tries to stay alive doing it.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:09 -0400)

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A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. 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. Meanwhile, Renko is falling in love with a beautiful, headstrong dissident for whom he may risk everything. -- Book Description.… (more)

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