Three Stations (Arkady Renko Series #7)

Three Stations (Arkady Renko Series #7)

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Three Stations (Arkady Renko Series #7) by Martin Cruz Smith, Ron McLarty

Arkady Renko returns in a gripping mystery involving a kidnapped baby with a mysterious teenage mother, a murdered prostitute, police corruption, and as always, the complex, impenetrable landscape of modern-day Moscow.

Investigator Arkady Renko is back on the scene, with a whole new set of problems: his prosecutor keeps him without work, he’s struggling with the onset of middle age, and his friend Victor is arrested for public drunkenness. Zhenya, the fifteen-year-old chess prodigy whom Renko tries to parent, returns to the scene when he witnesses a shocking crime.

As always, Smith’s Three Stations is filled with intriguing, flawed characters and set in Moscow, a city so intricate and three-dimensional it’s practically a character itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743596893
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Series: Arkady Renko Series , #7
Edition description: Unabridged, 10 CDs
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 11.06(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.

Ron McLarty has appeared on Broadway in That Championship Season, Our Country's Good, and Moonchildren. His film credits include Two Bits, The Postman, and The Flamingo Kid. He has starred on television in Spenser for Hire and Cop Rock. Mr. McLarty is also a novelist and an award-winning playwright.

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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Three Stations (Arkady Renko Series #7) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Without a any hyperbole, I can honestly say I love Martin Cruz Smith. His writing style is so different than every other cookie cutter mystery writer out there. His characters all seem reasonable and distinct. I have never been anywhere remotely close to Russia but Smith makes it so easy to see. I feel like I've been there. Renko is classically sarcastic without even trying and a great hero without any reason to be. My only qualm with this novel is that the other Renko novels seemed to spend more time with the red herrings and here there were only a handful of possible killers. I still really enjoyed it!
DaleGPS More than 1 year ago
I have anticipated each new book from Cruz-Smith until now. Unlike some of his other books, this one seems as if it was written purely to capitalize on the author's name. People wander in and out of the story and have no real relation to the plot. They are put there to add pages to the book which is already only about 200 pages long. Then at the end of the book, the author says "times up" and just wraps up the story. There is no evolving to the conclusion. He just writes a terse ending. Save your money and hope Martin Cruz Smith returns to serious writing. His earlier books were well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yikes. Disjointed characters, unresolved plot lines, abrupt conclusions, random prose... Not what i came to expect from the Renko series.
AH54 More than 1 year ago
It was basically a waste of money to buy this for my Nook. The beginning of the story sets the hook, but then it is as if the author lost interest. At about the same time, the reader does also. Characters wander in, are introduced, and then vanish. For the first time in a Renko novel, the plot seems forced as if the author forgot how to integrate the characters and plot. The book is essentially a ghost of Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, and Havana Bay. Save your money and re-read the other novels in the series, which are much more complicated and engaging.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Martin Cruz Smith has been writing about Arkady Renko off and on for more than 30 years. The seventh book in the series was a real disappointment to me. If Smith had stuck with the original premise, a teenage mother trying to find her stolen baby, this might have been a gripping book. I envisioned an exploration of rich Americans adopting Russian children for big money. Instead, we go to subplots involving millionaires, serial killers, mob hit men, street urchins, and Renko's corrupt superiors. To top it off, Arkady goes from hapless bozo to being a James Bond superman in the space of a few pages. It's all much too much in a little more than 230 pages.
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