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

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I've been wanting to read this book for a very long time so it was disappointing t0 find that it wasn't quite as enjoyable as I'd hoped. However, far from any earth-shaking corruption being revealed, the conspiracy behind it all turns out to be rather mundane. They are also heavily protected during the investigation to the frustration of Renko, when it becomes obvious there is an element of foreign involvement.

Most disappointing is the lack of mystery in this thriller, as the bad guy (who, incidentally, wears a black hat) gets identitified early on, and thereafter simply pops up with all the convenience of a jack-in-the-box bogeyman. Some perspective might have helped (especially for people like me whose knowledge of geography and history is downright-laughable). To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and the New York City police as he pursues a rich, ruthless, and well-connected American fur dealer. It’s the early ‘80s and three bodies have been found under the snow in Moscow’s Gorky Park with their fingertips removed and their faces peeled off to prevent identification. Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park (1981) is the first book in series set in the Soviet Union and featuring Arkady Renko, a homicide investigator for the Moscow city police.

Months later, Arkady is brought before a KGB General who confirms what Arkady already suspected: that Kostia Borodin (an expert hunter) and Valerya helped Osborne to trap and smuggle live sables - the only high-quality fur-bearing animal on which the Soviet Union enjoys a monopoly - out of Russia. Yet – and this is no doubt one of the factors that influenced novelist Smith in composing this novel – the U. I am going to read the next one, 'Polar Star' because I am wondering what new mystery/spy plot inventions the author can possibly have left after tossing in every mystery genre plot mechanism that has ever been created into this book.

I was able to forgive the fact the the author seems to think that Moscow is located at the north pole. As in many a modern procedural, the detective brings his own baggage to the case and gets personally involved, especially with a sexy suspect. In the present, corruption is rife, dissidents are persecuted and the Cold War may still be on, but greed makes surprising allies. By PETER ANDREWS; Peter Andrews, a contributing editor to Saturday Review, frequently reviews adventure novels.One of the wonders of ''Gorky Park'' is how easily we recognize Renko, the honest Communist policeman. For most of the story we are following an investigation into three murders in Gorky Park in Moscow mainly via dialogues between a huge number of seemingly untrustworthy individuals, be they Moscow policemen, KGB agents / administrators, New York policemen, FBI agents or small fry Russian criminals and informers. Foe the reader who like an adult thriller in a world from darker times, but you'll find yourself wondering what has changed from the Soviet Union towards Putins' Russia. Our button-down management was then, as now, infiltrated by Me-Gen Bright Young Things, though I guess the bright kids now are products of a sleek, Can-Do Millennial education, beavering away at purging dark information.

In spite of his weakened state, Arkady laughs when he realizes from his interrogators' questions that Iamskoy was himself a high-ranking KGB officer, planted as a spy in the militsiya, and his superiors were badly embarrassed to find that he betrayed them to help Osborne. It begins with a triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. S. and Communist Russia are totally opposite but equally rotten, but then there's an intense final chase sequence that got me muttering at my iPod to hurry up and get it over with, so I guess that worked out. When listening to the tapes at the Ukraina of a party held by the Americans, Arkady recognises the angry voice of Irina Asanova discussing Chekhov. He starts his local investigation in hopes of showing foreign interests are involved, which would allow him to turn it over to the KGB.

Arkady says he will do so only if Major Pribluda of the KGB hands over all of the taped conversations of foreigners for January and February that year. must be suppressed, there are great economic issues and matters of national security, both Russian and American, far more important than a policeman's duty.

Two, the cover may look all new and contemporary, but it’s an old book – originally published in 1981. There are scenes of meetings between nefarious officials and underworld characters which made no more sense to me than they did to Renko, other than establishing confusing relationships or misdirections as to with whom Renko is friendly.His personal life is a mess and again this provides a fascinating insight into Russian lives at a time when we knew little about this country. I mean, he's writing about a real place, but it doesn't exist anymore, as such, so I don't think that makes his job any easier. Set in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Gorky Park is the first book in a series featuring the character Arkady Renko, a Moscow homicide investigator.

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