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DOWNLOAD ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Martin Cruz Smith A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center three corpses found frozen in the snow faces and fingers missing Chief homicide inve. Between watching the ‘80s era Soviet spies in FX’s The Americans and tensions running high over Russian activity in the Ukraine it almost seems like Cold War never ended In fact because of a European consulting firm being brought into my workplace I’m seeing Russians all over my building Hopefully things don’t hit the point where I have to take to the hills and go all Red Dawn WolverinesWith all this red scare stuff going on it seemed like a great to time revisit this old favorite 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 Militia chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko finds an enemy of his from the KGB on the scene showing an interest in the bodies and that can mean nothing but trouble As he reluctantly begins to investigate the murders and discovers that one of the bodies was an American Renko wants nothing than to dump the case on the KGB since he’s pretty sure they killed those people anyhow 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 allSo the hook here is that it’s a mystery set in the Soviet Union and even though that era has come and gone it’s still incredibly interesting to get this peek behind the old Iron Curtain Martin Cruz Smith didn’t just give us a procedural of how Soviet cops worked he also provided a view of an entire country living under a system where covering your own ass had become an art form and logic rarely entered in to it It’s kind of like working for a corporation only a corporation can’t ship you off to Siberia if you rock the boat too much Or at least they can’t yet I probably shouldn’t give them any ideasEven 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 During this reread I found myself comparing Renko to one of my favorite fictional detectives Matt Scudder because they’re both pragmatic men who don’t see the point in fighting a system that’s inherently corrupt but there’s a uiet streak of idealism in both that believes that some crimes have to be answered for Renko is stubborn with a sly talent for screwing up the plans of powerful people and there’s a great worn down but not beaten element to the characterSmith also had excellent timing when he created Renko because through the next several decades he could use his detective to give us mysteries that are also glimpses of what it’s been like for Russians through the fall of the Soviet Union and the aftermath today

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READ Gorky Park 100 Ñ A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center three corpses found frozen in the snow faces and fingers missing Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant sensitive honest and cynical about everything except his profession To identify the victims and uncover the truth he must battle the KGB FBI and New York police as he performs the impossi D uncover the truth he must battle the KGB FBI and New York police as he performs the impossible and tries to stay alive doing it. A mesmerizing police procedural murder mystery that also explores Soviet Russia and the dichotomy between east and westSet in the late 70s the book was first published in 1981 this is the SOVIET UNION Leonid freaking Brezhnev and still some old pre revolution folks running around MoscowChief Inspector Arkady Renko is tasked with solving the murders of three people found in Gorky Park their bodies frozen and killed weeks earlier hidden by the snow Their faces have been mutilated and fingertips removed to hinder identificationWhat follows is not just damn fine crime fiction but an examination of the communist revolution the good the bad and the ugly of human nature regardless of ideology and finally a study of the juxtaposition of us and themWriter Martin Cruz Smith’s greatest achievement in my humble opinion is his superb characterization While Renko is complicated and tormented by social and moral angst Smith populates his story with a Dickensian cast of fascinating players Irena and Kirwill are well drawn but as in many novels the chief antagonist is the most compelling character John Osborne is an American capitalist who personifies wealth and corruption The dialogue between he and Renko at the end is reminiscent of the scene between Rakolnikov and Porfiry in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and PunishmentHighly entertaining and highly recommended

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Gorky ParkStigator Arkady Renko is brilliant sensitive honest and cynical about everything except his profession To identify the victims an. 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 and officials and so many betrayals and hidden motives I am amazed the body count wasn't higher considering the undrained swamps that Renko wades through in not just Russia but also in New York City ButIn Russia many different official police prosecutor and spy departments want Renko to not really solve the murders of the three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park Instead they each want him to say he solved the crimes with a falsified story pointing fingers in a direction each department head wants Each has a devious plan to force or trick Renko into lying about the murders After Renko ‘solves’ the murders the way each department wants him to they each plan to file a report of Renko’s sudden death They hope to say Renko committed suicide or was killed by an enemy of the state or he himself confessed to the murders or he confessed to working as a corrupt double agent There are scenes of meetings between nefarious officials and underworld characters which made no sense to me than they did to Renko other than establishing confusing relationships or misdirections as to with whom Renko is friendly Later in America Renko is manhandled and passed around in the custody of the FBI the New York City police the KGB and a rogue triple agent I am still scratching my head over the supposed reason for the Soviets to allow Renko to travel to America and the Big Finish reveal It did not ring true at allBut the biggest complaint I have is the story has too much suirrelly plotting I could not suspend disbelief after I was 60% into the story Instead I began to feel I was reading a sneaky tongue in cheek joke mystery or an overcooked Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon ‘Gorky Park’ is a great summer blockbuster script one which might have been ordered on spec by a Hollywood producerSo Other than the fact I was snorting and guffawing when I wasn't supposed to it IS a well written mystery Three stars for the good writing and wily twists Maybe you won't guffaw gentle reader I am going to read the next one 'Polar Star' because I am wondering what new mysteryspy plot inventions the author can possibly have left after tossing in every mystery genre plot mechanism that has ever been created into this book