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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park (1981)

by Martin Cruz Smith

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Series: Arkady Renko (1)

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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 |
A good book, that I read long ago. I kept it, to re-read it some day, but... that's not going to happen. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Dec 20, 2018 |
The second part was a surprise (it wasn't in the movie version) & one of the best parts of the book for me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 20, 2018 |
Arkady Renko, a police investigator in Soviet Russia, is called to Gorky Park where three mutilated bodies have been found buried in the snow. This begins an investigation that will threaten his entire future. He's being followed by the KGB who seemed very interested in the case but don't want to be responsible for it. While trying to identify the bodies he meets a mysterious American who is involved in the fur trading business. Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda, including Renko's wife, closest friend,and his superiors at work. Renko makes a series of deductions that place him in serious jeopardy.

I found the mystery to be very confusing, slow paced, and rambling. I did like Arkady who seemed like a great character. He's a smart, decent guy, struggling to do a good job. It's not pleasant being a policeman in Soviet Russia. The story is bleak but I did enjoy the insight into Soviet culture. I've heard the later books in the series are much better. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345298349, Mass Market Paperback)

"Brilliant...One of the best books of the season."
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.

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In Soviet Russia, a triple murder in Moscow amusement centre, Gorky Park, leaves three corpses frozen in the snow. But when Senior Investigator in the Moscow Prosecutor's Office Arkady Renko arrives, he finds that the brutal murder leaves the victims unidentifiable with faces and fingers missing. Renko must battle political and corporate corruption internationally, from the USSR to the USA, to uncover the truth - and he must fight for his own life in doing so. Meanwhile, he is falling in love with a beautiful, headstrong dissident for whom he may risk everything.… (more)

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