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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You are dealing with hard-boiled, crime fiction set in an alien/totalitarian landscape with sympathetic characters. He is a cop, whose job is to clean up the bloodstains left by his fellow citizens in moments of rage and madness.

As he reluctantly begins to investigate the murders and discovers that one of the bodies was an American, Renko wants nothing more than to dump the case on the KGB since he’s pretty sure they killed those people anyhow. Perhaps the point of Gorky Park is not how crime plays out in some alien and exotic society, but rather how similar that environment has become to our own in the West.Oh and also for this weird oxymoron that the book seems to be – it’s actually engaging and frustrating, simultaneously. Attending Moscow police investigator Arkady Renko finds state security are also interested in the case.

MCS nails the atmosphere of snowy, repressive Moscow in the 1980s when history still looks back to Stalin, WW2 and the siege of Leningrad. As they followed the Russian detective getting deeper and deeper into his investigations, the frisson must have been palpable. 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? Took turns and went directions that I never saw coming, and I definitely understand Stephen King’s reference to this book in The Institute now. Other reviewers have written that they gained a new appreciation for Cruz Smith only after traveling to this region of the world--this makes a lot of sense, as one can still sense the desperation and dreariness of the "eastern-block" soul of the era, even today, when traveling to former Communist countries.He starts his local investigation in hopes of showing foreign interests are involved, which would allow him to turn it over to the KGB.

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