Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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Our main narrative interest lies in whether Renko, as a lone-wolf investigator will survive the ups and downs and tossed-arounds of the plots within plots. Martin Cruz Smith has produced an intense yet finely-balanced murder mystery, one that keeps a reader guessing and on his toes. There were few more dangerous positions, (Arkady) had distilled from experience, than to be the best friend of or married to a drunk, and the entire country was drunk half the time. Gerasimov, who could reconstruct a human face from the bones and tissue left behind after the flesh decayed, and had done so in the case of historical figures like Ivan the Terrible. But this is a fully realized world, a backdrop that adds a great deal of freshness to yet another twisty detective thriller.

The Russian murderer had great faith in the inevitability of his capture, all he wanted was his moment onstage. I read this as a teenager and have a distinct memory of loving it, but couldn't remember a single solitary thing about the plot. And all this even though I remember William Hurt's turn as Arkady Renko ( Gorky Park's relentless protagonist) with fondness.

When Renko claps his hands in delight at a new revelation, we are just a few steps behind him, which is about the right distance to keep between a professional and an amateur in such matters. It was also fascinating to learn how foreign visitors to Russia were treated - pretty much given free rein, and welcomed with open arms, but monitored closely and recorded during the entirety of their stay.

One deserving detective is denied advancement because he had a prince for a grandfather, while an incompetent is promoted well beyond his capabilities because he can trace his lineage back to the pure proletariat. Other than the fact I was snorting and guffawing when I wasn't supposed to, it IS a well-written mystery. Arkady and Irina become lovers after admitting their mutual attraction, but Arkady is convinced that she knows about Osborne's connection with the three victims, except she believes that Osborne has helped Valerya and Kostia to defect to America, with their friend Kirwill, a radical anti-Soviet, hoping to claim a publicity victory for having facilitated their escape. I believe that I attempted to read the book once before, perhaps shortly after it's publication, but did not finish.I am still scratching my head over the supposed reason for the Soviets to allow Renko to travel to America and the Big Finish reveal. Martin Cruz Smith, despite making up an implausibly wonderful Russian man in Arkady Renko, just totally nails some things about Soviet Russia. Despite being born into the nomenklatura himself, Arkady exposes corruption and dishonesty on the part of influential and well-protected members of the elite, regardless of the consequences. The suggestion is dismissed by Prosecutor Iamskey, who says all foreign subjects have been accounted for and insists that Arkady continue the investigation.

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