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Gorky ParkUS well sort of the Swedish location specific murder genre are is weirdly obsessive descriptions of the Swedish landscape which gave readers something to focus on while Lisbeth was shopping at Ikea Here the gave readers something to focus on while Lisbeth was shopping at Ikea Here the of place is as compelling with weather as miserable the plot and writing a lot betterArkady Renko is a great character He knows ow the system works sees no problem in losing the files on a few murder cases to keep the crime rate low and the politicians Two Reels And A Crank happy Yete refuses to follow the party line pisses off the wrong "PEOPLE FOLLOWS LEADS WHEN HE HAS NO VESTED INTEREST " follows leads when Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, heas no vested interest even a strong desire for justice He just wants to be right He is assigned to the case of three corpses found shot and mutilated in a famous park and it seems like e keeps working on it for no reason other than the fact that it violated is personal sensibility that it s uncouth to murder people in a place where people come to relax commiserate with friends maybe do some ice skatingThe plot is pretty complicated as you d expect but the trappings You Ll See What I ll see what I there in a second are pretty 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 sableThis is a Russian sable fur coatimage error 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 published 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 polar opposite It s gritty dark and dangerous Everyone fears being sent to political prison or worse Siberia And they would be right to be afraid the murky past 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 party The Camping Cookbook he prefers not to make waves or get any marks onis party card Murder is is specialty which is fine by im as all the ones e as come across are the direct results of drunkenness jealousy or accident Open Shut What Black Stone he isn t prepared 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 page turner and social commentary Though thingsave 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 On Liberty has a price that they can be bought at and those that are faithful to their beliefs and standards often suffer I ve already purchased the next book in the series grateful that unlike Peter Hoeg s book Renko lives on for another seven books. D uncover the truthe must battle the KGB FBI and New York police as e performs the impossible and tries to stay alive doing it. Martin Cruz Smith s novels featuring Chief Investigator Arkady Renko ave long been favourites of mine As there asn t been a new Renko book since Renko ave long been favourites of mine As there English Humour for Beginners hasn t been a new Renko book since in 2013 I thought I d return for the fourth time to the beginning Yet again I m still thrilled by the excellent plotting the well drawn characters the author s ability to create a fascinating portrait of RussiaGorky Park is not only one of my favourite novels it is also one of my all time favourite films When I was young Iad the film poster on my bedroom wall I still listen to James Horner "S Excellent Soundtrack Today So If You Want To Read " excellent soundtrack today So if you want to read great thriller just remember as the film s tagline goesIt all began with three faceless bodies in the snow This novel was originally published in 1981 Almost 36 years ago I believe that I attempted to read the book once before perhaps shortly after it s publication but did not finish I wish I Absolutely on Music 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 Yorkotel 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 The Ransom of Mercy Carter homicide investigator is assigned to a case involving three corpses found in Gorky Park an amusement park in Moscow whoave Gone for Good had their faces and fingertips cut off It is a cold case no pun intended The victimsad 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 Lallieva (Alice Allevi, him and isaving an affair His superiors use im Life in the Soviet Union is like an insane asylum In the Soviet Union dissidents are labeled as mentally ill and forcibly treated with psychotropic drugs Renko exposes corruption and dishonesty wherever e finds it including on the part of influential and well protected members of the elite regardless of the conseuences The conseuence being that British Society Since 1945 he findsimself described by a KGB agent as mentally ill You ave unreal expectations You overestimate your personal powers You feel isolated from society You swing from excitement to sadness You mistrust the people who most want to elp 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 wrong is rightI Reiki And The Seven Chakras had a difficult time deciding onow 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 the Soviet Union I would Turning the Tide of Battle 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 and officials and so many betrayals andidden motives I am amazed the body count wasn t I Curse the River of Time higher considering the undrained swamps th. A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center three corpses found frozen in the snow faces and fingers missing Chiefomicide inve. ,

At Renko wades through in not just Russia but also in new york city butin russia also in New York City ButIn Russia 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 Once I Was a Princess him to saye solved the crimes with a falsified story pointing fingers in a direction each department Court the Night (Blood Bonds, head wants Eachas a devious plan to force or trick Renko into lying about the murders After Renko solves the murders the way each department wants Greed, Seeds and Slavery him to they each plan to file a report of Renko s sudden death Theyope to say Renko committed suicide or was killed by an enemy of the state or Demons, Deliverance, Discernment heimself confessed to the murders or Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki Summary Study Guide 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 myead 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 Well Meet Again have is the storyas 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 ave 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 ave left after tossing in every mystery genre plot mechanism that If I Never See You Again (Jo Birmingham has ever been created into this book There s this concept in fantasy writing world building Sci fi too It s pretty self explanatory because these books are not taking place in our universe it s up to the author to give us all the details to paint the picture provide shading in just the right places ensure we can tell what we are supposed to be looking at Economics politics interpersonal relations language gender rolesumor This can be done well emphasizing just Firebird here and embellishing just there so the empty spaces also fill in the canvas Or it can be done poorly cramming in everything and we wind up with Where s Waldo and no one can figure out what theell is A Night on the Tiles happening Martin Cruz Smith is a really good world builder I meane S WRITING ABOUT A REAL PLACE writing about a real place it doesn t exist any as such so I don t think that makes The House That Jesus Built his job any easier Granted Iave 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. Stigator Arkady Renko is brilliant sensitive Elegies Elderberries (The Herbalist honest and cynical about everything exceptis profession To identify the victims an.

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