Red Square (Arkady Renko Series #3)

Red Square (Arkady Renko Series #3)

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by Martin Cruz Smith
     
 

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Back from exile in the hellish reaches of the Soviet Union, homicide investigator Arkady Renko discovers that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. But his enemies are very much alive, and foremost among them are the powerful black-market crime lords of the Russian mafia. Hounded by this terrifying new underworld, chased by the ruthless minions of

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Back from exile in the hellish reaches of the Soviet Union, homicide investigator Arkady Renko discovers that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. But his enemies are very much alive, and foremost among them are the powerful black-market crime lords of the Russian mafia. Hounded by this terrifying new underworld, chased by the ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, defector Irina Asanova, Arkady can only hope desperately for escape. But fate has something else in store.

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

“Extraordinary.”
–Time

“Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plotted . . . [Red Square] should find as many friends as did Gorky Park.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Gripping . . . Smith at his best.”
–The Wall Street Journal

“A crackling suspense thriller.”
–The Boston Globe

“Fascinating . . . powerful.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Absorbing.”
–The New York Times

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Soviet upheavals have fueled the glowing talent of Smith (Gorky Park), America's preeminent writer of Russia-based thrillers. Investigator Arkady Renko returns from exile on the Polar Star fleet to find the new Moscow a dramatic battlefield of warlords and entrepreneurs; behind it, as still as a painted backdrop, eight million people standing in line. An ingenious bomb kills Renko's informer the banker for freewheeling black marketeers-leading Arkady's team through the quicksand of mafia-dominated official graft. His workaholic forensics expert, Polina (who must wait in line for morgue time as well as for beets), identifies the bomb method, leading Arkady too close for aparatchik comfort. He is bumped from the case, but only after a clue from the dead man's fax (Where is Red Square?) points him toward a Munich connection. Meanwhile, he is stunned to hear his lost love, Irina, on Munichbased Radio Liberty and with his last bit of clout wrangles a barely official trip to Germany. His mastery of the Russian system stymies the Munich embassy and reunites him with Irina in the midst of nasty fellow citizens bent on national theft. With vital aid from a Munich cop, Arkady links the fax clue to Russian bureaucrats, the ethnic Checken mafia, and German bankers. The novel paints the new post-Soviet aura through the stoic hero's wry humor and leaves Arkady and Irina perfectly poised, like Russia itself, for whatever comes next. Major ad/ promo; author tour. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345497727
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
Arkady Renko Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.87(d)

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Red Square (Arkady Renko Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cenzie More than 1 year ago
Had missed this one while reading the series so went back to it. What can I say, I love spending time with MCS's Arkady. Quite frankly, anything MCS writes should be read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Arkady Renko series is one of the best i've read yet. It's like once your hooked, you cant help but falling in love with Renko and all of Russia that he represents. Honestly, you don't know what you're missing out on.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
To say I loved this book would be such an understatement. Arkady Renko is back as is the love of his life, Irina. How these two find themselves thrust back together is excellent plotting and storytelling. Smith's take on Arkady being a fish out of water in both Munich then Berlin is priceless and the mysteries in the book are complex and layered. Great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't make up my mind which is Martin Cruz Smith's, (involving Arkady Renko) best novel: Gorky Park, Red Square, Polar Star or Havana Bay (I have'nt read his latest yet but I am going to look very seriously for it, now that I know it exists). I think that if I was pushed, I nwould say Havana Bay but after reading Red Square for the 3rd time I am not so sure. The way that Mr Smith strings his words together and the way his scenario's fit a certain situation, is absolutely fantastic. I don't think there is a better writer in this genre.
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