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Red Square Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1993
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America's preeminent writer of Russian-based thrillers explores international crime and political upheaval in this 10-week PW bestseller
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plotted...It should find as many friends as did GORKY PARK."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Back from exile, Arkady Reko returns to find that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. Not so his enemies. Hounded by the Russian mafia, chased by ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, Arkady can only hope for escape. Fate, however, has other ideas....
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
A LITERARY GUILD MAIN SELECTION
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Cruz Smith is an engaging writer; his Arkady Renko books set the right mood and tone. The descriptions and dialogue are just right, never overdone. The mysteries are typically not unraveled right away, or so easily. His greatest skill is letting you know everything Renko knows and making the book just as readable and just as much fun to read once you and he have figured it out.
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Smith uses all his considerable skills to draw Renko so real I expect to meet him on the street someday. The writing is almost poetic at times as Smith paints the vivid contrasts between Moscow and Berlin of 1991. I am reading my fourth Arkady Renko story as I write this; enough said.
Set amongst a backdrop of a fascinating time in Russian history, events leading up to the uprising that brought about the demise of Communism.
Also Irina and Arkady are reunited and well on their way to cementing their relationship and a better understanding. Arkady is still the somewhat masochistic character of old and the book is filled with well thought out characters.
But for some reason this book felt the weakest in a very strong series to date. Certainly wasn't as compelling as earler books in the series.