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As he did so well in Gorky Park, Smith again makes Renko very much a classic Russian hero in temperament and tradition, but also the eternal outsider. He is at times close to the edge of despair--but his trip to Havana restores his natural curiosity and life force.
In this hot Havana, ripe with the fruity smell of sex, Renko keeps his Moscow overcoat on--until an equally idealistic and out-of-place young female cop gets him to loosen up. There's an unusually complex plot, even for the sly strand-spinner Smith. He raises baffling questions: Why would a group of military plotters order illegal lobsters in a fancy restaurant and then not eat them? And his descriptions of Cuban life are dead-on, reminding us on every page what a superb stylist he is. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I could do without the over the top descriptions of violent deaths but everything else is what I like and expect from Cruz Smith.Published 4 months ago by Marta
It's the first Martin Cruz Smith book that I read and it will be my last.... I've been trying to get through this books for weeks now and I just can't do it. It's so boring. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2011 by Pat the cat
The novel is set in Havana, ostensibly's Castro's Havana...but the author skilfully weaves various layers of cultural and historical influences into the background of the book. Read morePublished on May 17 2010 by M. J. Fenn
The fourth in Smith's intelligent series about Moscow detective Arkady Renko is set in Cuba. Renko's ennui brings him to Havana to look into the death of an old friend. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Richard R
Martin Cruz Smith writes his fourth installment of Arkaday Renko, the character introduced in his first novel, Gorky Park. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Peter R. Fischer
... that challenges your willpower to put the book down at the end of the day.
A solid read written in such a manner that you can feel on your skin the soft breezes coming... Read more
Perhaps, Mister Smith has become too comfortable with Arkady Renko. I guess I was expecting Gorky Park in Havanna. It just never happened. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by A Customer
Russian detective Arkady Renko of Gorky Park fame returns in this novel to investigate the murder of a fellow countryman in Havana. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by Gringo Ric