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Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, No. 1) Paperback – March 13, 2007
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Welcome to the world of Investigator Arkady Renko, whose superiors use him, whose wife doesn't love him, whose country is like an insane asylum where the patients have the run of the place and sane people like Renko do the best they can. This is a great mystery novel, but the level of Smith's writing puts him far above the level of what we expect from "genre" novels. His characters became real people for whose fate I really cared. His plot is complicated but not overwhelmingly so. He does not trick the reader. And his detective, the militia investigator Arkady Renko, is one of the most memorable detectives in fiction: smart without being pedantic, intelligent, patriotic (yes, our Arkady truly loves his country), loyal to his friends and the woman he falls in love with. This is not the picture of a perfect man, but that of a basically good man. Renko is believable in his feelings and attitudes, and that is due to Smith's talent. Also thanks to the author we get an almost Dickensian description of Moscow and the inner workings of criminal investigations in the old Soviet Union. I felt I was in Moscow, and I finished reading the book truly caring for the characters in it, particularly Renko. Smith's novel is powerful, well-written, engaging, insightful, and a lesson in how talented writing can be applied to genre fiction for the benefit of everyone involved. "Gorky Park" and the other Renko novels are so far above genre, they make the rest look really bad, and they provide hope for genre novels in general: talent should not be divorced from entertainment. Excellent read.
"Gorky Park" is ostensibly a police procedural, where maverick investigator Arkady Renko is the "one good cop" in a corrupt justice system investigating the murders of three young people in Moscow. Of course, this being a thriller, Renko's investigation takes him high up the food chain, where he gets a chance to expose high corruption, nefarious deeds by officials, and the hypocrisy of the world he lives in. And, of course, he falls in love with a gorgeous woman along the way.
Two things set "Gorky Park" apart from conventional thrillers you see in every airport bookstore. The first has to be Smith's command of daily life in the Soviet Union. Published in 1981 before the collapse of the Soviet Union, "Gorky Park" sweeps along with the rhythm of daily life under communism, and it's a disjointing, jarring rhythm indeed. Smith combines an eye for detail with what must have been eye-numbing research to transport the reader to another world that is completely alien to Americans. The novel starts out in Moscow and ends in New York, and it's interesting that Smith is so able to capture the jarring differences between the two cities.
Smith's style also elevates "Gorky Park." Too many thrillers use language in purely functional terms, and dialogue is invariably direct and serves the purpose of clearly advancing plot or building character. In "Gorky Park," Smith is much more subtle than your average author.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wordy, slow going,especially in the beginning. Often not sure where the rambling was headed. When it did move along it was good reading.Published 14 days ago by Charlieo
A real page-turner. Makes you want to read the rest of the Arkady Renko series.Published 29 days ago by Bob
Well, more people liked this book than didn't so I thought I'd throw my two cents into the pot. Others have noted the bizarre leap from Moscow to Manhattan where maybe the author... Read morePublished 2 months ago by hthesmith
This book got better towards the middle to the end of the book.Published 3 months ago by bookaddict44
The plot and characters are enough to make a good read, but Martin Cruz Smith also has a gift for prose.Published 3 months ago by John M. Newman
Arkady Renko is chief homicide investigator for the Soviet militsiya (civilian police force) in Moscow. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W Perry Hall
A brilliant mystery, written by an author with an almost native Russian instinct.Published 6 months ago by Timothy Bryan
I kept hearing references to this book even though it’s almost 35 years old now so I figured that must mean it’s very good. It is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark
Martin Cruz Smith is the best storyteller in the world. Spin me a tale, Martin (called, "Bill") . Read morePublished 8 months ago by maureen m.