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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Osborne appears, armed with a hunting rifle, and Arkady convinces him that the FBI is planning a betrayal. His life and work are always placed in the shadow of his father, a notoriously bloodthirsty World War II general who despises his son as “weak. Some perspective might have helped (especially for people like me whose knowledge of geography and history is downright-laughable). Or it can be done poorly, cramming in everything, and we wind up with Where's Waldo, and no one can figure out what the hell is happening. I was able to forgive the fact the the author seems to think that Moscow is located at the north pole.

Finding three bodies buried in the snow in Gorky park, Renko is hampered by his own bosses in trying to find some form of justice for the dead. A mesmerizing police procedural / murder mystery that also explores Soviet Russia and the dichotomy between east and west. 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.Russians won wars because they threw themselves before tanks, which was not the right mentality for a master criminal. In many ways, 99% of conversations of the time either consisted of (1) backhanded humor or (2) dark innuendo.

Yet – and this is no doubt one of the factors that influenced novelist Smith in composing this novel – the U. What protects Renko is his excellent work as an investigator, his known loyalty to Russia (though not the Soviet Union), his ability to think on his feet, a Stoic approach to life, and an ironic sense of humour.However, if you prefer your crime novels to have a simpler plot structure and full of page-turning action scenes then Gorky Park may be less to your liking. Though the son of a decorated war general, and a member of the communist party, he prefers not to make waves or get any marks on his party card. It begins with three bodies in the park and Arkady Renko, our main character, and senior homicide investigator, sent to the crime scene. The plot is pretty complicated, as you'd expect, but the trappings (you'll see what I did there in a second) are pretty fun.

Irena and Kirwill are well drawn but as in many novels, the chief antagonist is the most compelling character. As mentioned above, the fact of the murder victims lacking faces and fingertips might seem to make positive identification of the victims impossible. However, Renko soon finds himself embroiled in schemes that may mean that he’s the only who gets punished for trying to be a detective in a society that doesn’t want to admit that crime exists at all. Even though this has plenty of Soviet political intrigue and an international aspect to it this doesn’t feel like a spy story, and that’s mainly because of Arkady Renko. In Gorky Park he has given us an excellent mystery that—although no indictment of humanity--is also a memorable portrait of the Soviet Union in decline.When Chief Inspector Arkady Renko discovers three mutilated in Gorky Park, he wants to do everything he can to prove that the case is more suitable for KGB than the militia. Cleverly and intelligently told, The Girl from Venice is a truly riveting tale of love, mystery and rampant danger. This is probably my most favorite "detective" novel read to date, because it is so much more than a mystery--it is really a masterfully written, poignant, cynical, realistic, and all-too-palpable portrayal of life behind the Iron Curtain. After Renko ‘solves’ the murders the way each department wants him to, they each plan to file a report of Renko’s sudden death.

Why would a government put Stalin, who was Georgian, and Khrushchev, who was Ukrainian, in power if the policies were so racist against non-Russians?Arkady flees a meeting with Misha before a gang of killers arrive, but is too late to prevent Iamskoy from appropriating the reconstructed head and destroying it. In fact, in a section near the end of Gorky Park, Renko does follow the case to a corrupt United States, and engages in deadly intrigue with the FBI who it turn out are in league (for reasons that elude me) with the KGB.

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