Gorky Park (Arkady Renko Series #1)

Gorky Park (Arkady Renko Series #1)

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by Martin Cruz Smith
     
 

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"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

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"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.


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Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
Brilliant...One of the best books of the season.
Library Journal
I love tough-guy stories; I read them all the time, especially when I'm avoiding the topic of weddings. Er, my wedding. Gorky Park is the first novel of the Arkady Renko series, and it whomps you across the head with a combination of detective fiction and Soviet-era espionage. I came to it after reading Polar Star, Havana Bay, and Wolves Eat Dogs. Each (numbers two, four, and five in the series) is pretty masterful, and all have common elements of a tough-guy story: Our Hero (if he were a cowboy, his hat would be white) is up against it, he's got some innocent chick on the hook, and he doesn't know whom to trust. Renko has all that in spades, and GP immediately confronts readers with three mutilated corpses. Then the KGB arrives, so it's cool. Wait, they don't take the case? Well, jeez, OK then. Chief Investigator Renko starts with the normal procedural stuff like canvassing locals and digging into unsolved missing-persons files before settling on...audio tapes. Yeah! Audio tapes will solve the case! Or, wait, who's that older American guy? And why is he kicking the crap out of Renko? Things get WEIRDER, eventually amping up to a long-ass fever dream, all swamps and double crosses and murder and vodka. Plus, Renko is imprisoned on a farm, and there's a huge fire, and DUDE WTF IS GOING ON CAN SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS STOP AND EXPLAIN IT TO ME? And, suddenly, they're on Staten Island? Um, check please? Part Mr. Majestyk, part Soviet Spenser for Hire, Arkady Renko will punch your lights out and then share his vodka with you.—Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," BookSmack! 8/5/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307809797
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/23/2011
Series:
Arkady Renko Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
75,636
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Cruz Smith is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the Arkady Renko thrillers: Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin's Ghost and Three Stations. A recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger award for fiction in the UK, he is also two-time winner of the Hammett Prize in the United States. He lives in northern California with his wife and three children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Rafael, California
Date of Birth:
November 3, 1942
Place of Birth:
Reading, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964
Website:
http://www.martincruzsmith.com

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Gorky Park (Arkady Renko Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is absolutely one of the best books i have ever read. the characters are wonderful, the stage is frightening but most of all, the dialogue is absolutely fabulous.this book is so good i find myself comparing it to other books. the dialogue is probably the best i have ever read and that's saying a lot.the plot is wonderful, the romance is believable. there is nothing wrong with this book. it is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just re-read William Cruz Smith's wonderful 'Gorky Park.' Somehow Smith's work had escaped my notice since I read 'Gorky Park' nearly twenty years ago. It won't happen again. Smith creates complex characters and relationships with an eye -- and ear -- as sharp as John LeCarre's. 'Gorky Park' tells us of the wonderful Arkady Renko and the bureaucrats and cops, both Russian and American, with whom he must deal. It is very much a thriller with bloodshed and treachery throughout. But this is a carefully crafted book. Every character is multifaceted and believable. Highest recommendation.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A stunning thriller. This book really blew me away. How do you investigate a murder when you keep running into roadblocks set up by your own superiors? Arkady Renko, patriot that he is, determines to get to the bottom of things. Along with Fatherland, this is probably the best of police investigations set in a totalitarian regime.
LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
Martin Smith created a story with all the right essentials for a super suspense filled mystery. There is romance, companionship, death (brutal mine you; faces mutilated, fingerprints removed), corruption and violence, betrayal and it all takes place in Russia. Then you combine the story with an author that can write a tale that is fresh and spellbinding then you have super novel. In my opinion this is still one of the best mystery novels out on the market today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best view at a modern day Moscow yet. Cruz gives you great insight to the mystique and political intrigue of Russia. The characters are great and interesting along with a suspensful story and plot help give the book Gorky Park, a good name.
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MullyJS More than 1 year ago
The Renko series is one of the best I've ever read. Arkady Renko is a deep characterization of a man who is outside a system and yet molded by it. As you read the series you see the character's own realization of change. Though the change has come with many sorrows he trudges on. The writing is beautiful. Snow becomes a character. Chernobel lives on. The dialogue is sharp and at times hilarious. Now that Gorky Park is on the nook I am going to start at the beginning once again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for a book about Russia that was set in a more modern-day time period instead of during the beginning or middle of the Cold War. Gorky Park takes place when the Cold War is coming to an end and the Soviet Union is soon to be over thrown. Smith does a good job of showing how the government was run and what happen to those who didn't agree. GP is exciting, suspensful, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely recommend this book to others and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Overall great read!
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BluJay More than 1 year ago
Too many Russian names and places too soon. This was the second time I tried to read this book. The first time I got through probably a few dozen pages and gave up. Just lately, I plowed my way through to page 132. I was so busy trying to keep names, departments, places straight that I'd practically forgotten the 3 people whose bodies were discovered at the beginning of the book and I no longer cared. Couldn't warm up to the main character and finally put the book in the box to donate to our library book sale. Then I picked up an as yet unread Colin Dexter and sighed with relief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it is his first book, the plot line is absurd.