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Gorky Park (1981)

by Martin Cruz Smith

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Series: Arkady Renko (1)

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3,198592,858 (3.88)2 / 174
Don't miss the latest book in the Arkady Renko series, THE SIBERIAN DILEMMA by Martin Cruz Smith, 'the master of the international thriller' (New York Times) - available to order now!  THE NOVEL THAT STARTED IT ALL - ARKADY RENKO NOVEL #1 'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe' Val McDermid 'Makes tension rise through the page like a shark's fin' Independent *** Three bodies found frozen in the snow. And the hunt for the killer begins... It begins with 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. A wonderfully textured, vivid look behind the Iron Curtain, Gorky Park is a tense, atmospheric, and memorable crime story. Praise for Martin Cruz Smith 'The story drips with atmosphere and authenticity - a literary triumph' David Young, bestselling author of Stasi Child  'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe' Val McDermid 'Cleverly and intelligently told, The Girl from Venice is a truly riveting tale of love, mystery and rampant danger. I loved it'  Kate Furnivall, author of The Liberation 'Smith not only constructs grittily realistic plots, he also has a gift for characterisation of which most thriller writers can only dream' Mail on Sunday 'Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary'  Guardian 'Brilliantly worked, marvellously written . . . an imaginative triumph'  Sunday Times 'Martin Cruz Smith's Renko novels are superb' William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier… (more)
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Believe the hype! A real Literary Thriller that starts well and keeps twisting and turning all the way. Smith's writing elevates this from a good Soviet detective novel to an all-time classic. ( )
  alexrichman | Jun 19, 2020 |
I read this back in 1983 and watched the movie when it came out too. It was an interesting Cold War novel that should Russians as people, and also reinforced the fear of the KGB. America(ns) did not come out perfectly clean either. The book added some grey in the black and white bipolar world. I enjoyed the revisit and the reminder of how much the world has changed and yet still remains the same. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
3.5 rounded up ( )
  ssteinbr | Sep 21, 2019 |
I saw the film adaptation of Gorky Park back in the 1980s, and finally got around to reading the novel. Martin Cruz Smith weaves a compelling mystery story with scenes of life inside the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Moscow chief investigator Arkady Renko must solve an unusual triple murder while outmaneuvering the many enemies who want to see him fail. The novel has enough plot differences from the movie version to keep you interested. Definitely a worthwhile read. ( )
  quietman66 | Mar 6, 2019 |
A thoroughly good thriller: Lots of plot variation, interesting characters, mystery & convincing scenery, plus no tinkering with 'time' & 'places' (von Lustbader should try to emulate) by a skilled author who knows how to construct a novel that engages the reader's interest from first to last page. ( )
  tommi180744 | Jan 19, 2019 |
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