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there in a second retty fun Without giving too much away everything ties into the international fur trade and if Martin Cruz Smith is right it s a bloody business This is a Russian sableThi There are not many road signs in Russia you know He laughed If you don t know where the road goes you shouldn t be on it Arkady RenkoWhen Gorky Park was first ublished in 1981 it was immediately banned in the then Soviet Union because of its apt depiction of everyday Soviet life Though I ve never been to Russia my only immersion into the culture was the year I spent trying unsuccessfully to learn the language its image is intricately linked with the glamorous Moscow of the film The Saint in my mind s eye Smith s depiction is the Mama Ds pasta pizza polar opposite It s gritty dark and dangerous Everyone fears being sent toolitical The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, prison or worse Siberia And they would be right to be afraid the murkyast of a close relative one whisper from a vengeful neighbor or even owning a Bible would be enough to get one into trouble with the KGBDetective Arkady Renko lives a simple life Though the son of a decorated war general and a member of the communist Betty Fedora Issue One party herefers not to make waves or get any marks on his arty card Murder is his specialty which is fine by him as all the ones he has come across are the direct results of drunkenness jealousy or accident Open Shut What he isn t repared for are the three frozen bodies found in Gorky Park with their faces skinned and fingertips cut off Clearly this is not your average Soviet murderI enjoyed this book for the same reasons I was enad of Smilla s Sense of Snow It was simultaneously a Jazz Ukulele page turner and social commentary Though things have changed globally since 1981 many things are still the same Greed money and corruption make the world go round and you d be a fool to think otherwise Everyone seemingly has arice that they can be bought at and those that are faithful to their beliefs and standards often suffer I ve already Off 13 purchased the next book in the series grateful that unlike Peter Hoeg s book Renko lives on for another seven books. D uncover the truth he must battle the KGB FBI and New Yorkolice as he erforms the impossible and tries to stay alive doing it. ,Did There In A Second
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Martin Cruz Smith s novels featuring Chief Investigator Arkady Renko have long been favourites of mine As there hasn t been a new Renko book since Tatiana in 2013 I thought I d return for the fourth time to the beginning Yet again I m still thrilled by #the excellent Juice plotting the well drawn characters the author s ability to create a fascinatingortrait of RussiaGorky # excellent lotting the well drawn characters the author s ability to create a fascinating ortrait of RussiaGorky is not only one of my favourite novels it is also one of my all time favourite films When I was young I had the film Gudrun poster on my bedroom wall I still listen to James Horner s excellent soundtrack today So if you want to read a great thriller just remember as the film s tagline goesIt all began with three faceless bodies in the snow This novel was originallyublished in 1981 Almost 36 years ago I believe that I attempted to read the book once before Mob Mistress perhaps shortly after it sublication but did not finish I wish I had read it then Reading it today I find it is dated The author demonstrated talent in describing scenes in the story whether it is in Moscow a Russian dacha or a dingy New York hotel room you could visualize it and feel as though you were right there What I found difficult to believe was the level of corruption and conspiracy Basically everyone Arkady Renko a chief homicide investigator is assigned to a case involving three corpses found in Gorky Park an amusement Stud in the Stacks park in Moscow who have had their faces and fingertips cut off It is a cold case noun intended The victims had been buried in the snow and only revealed when the snow started to melt Renko is smart and sensitive He is also a victim His wife doesn t love him and is having an affair His superiors use him Life in the Soviet Union is like an insane asylum In the Soviet Union dissidents are labeled as mentally ill and forcibly treated with Choosing to Survive psychotropic drugs Renko exposes corruption and dishonesty wherever he finds it including on theart of influential with Robin Hood psychotropic drugs Renko exposes corruption and dishonesty wherever he finds it including on theart of influential well Felipa protected members of the elite regardless of the conseuences The conseuence being that he finds himself described by a KGB agent as mentally ill You have unreal expectations You overestimate yourersonal The Vavasour Macbeth powers You feel isolated from society You swing from excitement to sadness You mistrust theeople who most want to help you You resent authority even when you represent it You think you are the exception to every rule You underestimate the collective intelligence What is right is wrong and what is A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center three corpses found frozen in the snow faces and fingers missing Chief homicide inve. Rong is rightI had a difficult time deciding on how many stars to give this book At times I found myself into it and the story Other times though it seemed to drag and I just wanted it to end so I could move on to the next book maybe in 1981 before the collapse of Maybe in 1981 before the collapse of Soviet Union I would have been deeply into the book Today though it just felt outdated IMHO Well Sigh I m deciding what to write Ok TruthI m disappointed with Gorky Park book one in the Soviet Union s Inspector Arkady Renko series Oh it s a fine inventive entertainment for a mystery with a lot of twists and near death escapes tons of corrupt cops There s this concept in fantasy writing world building Sci fi too It s retty self explanatory because these books are not taking The Master Masons of Chartres place in our universe it s up to the author to give us all the details toaint the VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) picturerovide shading in just the right Road House - The Novel places ensure we can tell what we are supposed to be looking at Economicsolitics interpersonal relations language gender roles humor This can be done well emphasizing just here and embellishing just there so the empty spaces also fill in the canvas Or it can be done Gnosis poorly cramming in everything and we wind up with Where s Waldo and no one can figure out what the hell is happening Martin Cruz Smith is a really good world builder I mean he s writing about a reallace but it doesn t exist any as such so I don t think that makes his job any easier Granted I have no idea what life was like in the Soviet Union in the early 80s and maybe the author didn t either But this is a fully realized world a backdrop that adds a great deal of freshness to yet another twisty detective thriller Part of the reason Stieg Larsson books created a new genre in the US well sort of the Swedish location specific murder genre are his weirdly obsessive descriptions of the Swedish landscape which gave readers something to focus on while Lisbeth was shopping at Ikea Here the sense of place is as compelling with weather as miserable the lot and writing a lot betterArkady Renko is as compelling with weather as miserable the lot and writing a lot betterArkady Renko a great character He knows how the system works sees no Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up problem in losing the files on a few murder cases to keep the crime rate low and theoliticians happy Yet he refuses to follow the The Wingman Chronicles party lineisses off the wrong Flood Legends people follows leads when he has no vested interest not even a strong desire for justice He just wants to be right He is assigned to the case of three corpses found shot and Stigator Arkady Renko is brilliant sensitive honest and cynical about everything except hisrofession To identify the victims an.