Gorky Park

Gorky Park

by Martin Cruz Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781501177965
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 113,849
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Stalin’s Ghost, Rose, December 6, Tatiana, and The Girl from Venice. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.

Hometown:

San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

November 3, 1942

Place of Birth:

Reading, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964

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Gorky Park (Arkady Renko Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 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.
smik on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Three bodies, buried in the snow of Moscow's Gorky Park, and at first taken to be casualties of common violence or the weather, turn out to have every trace of their identities obliterated -- papers, fingertips, faces. For Arkady Renko, a common police homicide investigator in Moscow, this unusual case begins all too familiarly as a jurisdictional squabble with the KGB. Renko is a bit of a misfit, and definitely ideologically unsound. Son of a famous WWII general, he would have an easier time of it if he were better at the Party line. Instead, he noodles along in his low-status job, asks too many impertinent questions, and is generally viewed as a failure, especially by his wife. His early conduct of the Gorky Park case is designed to provoke the KGB into taking the matter off his hands -- instead he has a persistent feeling of being watched, and even managed.
SanctiSpiritus on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The author introduces the reader to crime fighting in the USSR. In a land of subversion, and deceit, our hero is an earnest, truthful, and non malleable cop. The book captures the nuances of Soviet, and Russian humor. I was literally laughing out loud in the middle of a crime novel. It was fantastic. The characters are richly drawn, and tell the tales of living in the USSR at the height of the Cold War. I will certainly add him amongst my must reads: Harry Bosch, Lucas Davenport, Elvis Cole, and Jack Reacher.
DanStratton on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This book is a classic who-done-it. The book opens with a triple homicide with all evidence removed, even to the removal of the victim's identity (I'll not give anything away. It is too good of a story.). The book details the Soviet investigator's dogged search for the killer. What I love about this book is that he solves the mystery about halfway through the book. The rest of the book deals with the fallout of his discovery. I love it when an author recognizes life is not neat when it comes to justice. The second half of the book was even more riveting than the first. During the investigation, I could piece together from the clues Smith expertly drops throughout, so that I solved the case about the same time as the investigator. But during the second half, I was just as out of control and lost as the character as to the ultimate resolution. Brilliant! I haven't read a better book with this ability to turn me upside down. Most mystery books are formula enough to have the endgame guessed before it is over. With this one, I was completely surprised right up to the very last sentence. Don't watch the movie. Read the book. It is a lot better. They had to cut out a lot. Another coup for Smith was his incredible description of Cold War Soviet life. It is so detailed, it is hard to believe he hadn't spent years in the Soviet Union. The fly leaf said it took him eight years to write Gorky Park. Wonderful book.
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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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