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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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The Soviet upheavals have fueled the glowing talent of Smith (Gorky Park), America's preeminent writer of Russia-based thrillers. Investigator Arkady Renko returns from exile on the Polar Star fleet to find the new Moscow a dramatic battlefield of warlords and entrepreneurs; behind it, as still as a painted backdrop, eight million people standing in line. An ingenious bomb kills Renko's informer the banker for freewheeling black marketeers-leading Arkady's team through the quicksand of mafia-dominated official graft. His workaholic forensics expert, Polina (who must wait in line for morgue time as well as for beets), identifies the bomb method, leading Arkady too close for aparatchik comfort. He is bumped from the case, but only after a clue from the dead man's fax (Where is Red Square?) points him toward a Munich connection. Meanwhile, he is stunned to hear his lost love, Irina, on Munichbased Radio Liberty and with his last bit of clout wrangles a barely official trip to Germany. His mastery of the Russian system stymies the Munich embassy and reunites him with Irina in the midst of nasty fellow citizens bent on national theft. With vital aid from a Munich cop, Arkady links the fax clue to Russian bureaucrats, the ethnic Checken mafia, and German bankers. The novel paints the new post-Soviet aura through the stoic hero's wry humor and leaves Arkady and Irina perfectly poised, like Russia itself, for whatever comes next. Major ad/ promo; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith s novels include "Tatiana", "Stalin s Ghost, Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star", and "Stallion Gate." A two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain s Golden Dagger Award, he lives in California.

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I’m just floored by Martin Cruz Smith. I was stunned when I read Gorky Park. Smith’s ability to describe and use the nuanced, personal aspects of Russian life: the way the daily stresses of the opaque official double-life affect actions and lives – it was amazing, not to mention the intricate plot, the sharp writing, the great characters, the tension, etc. Smith is a master. I still hold that Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is the greatest spy/mystery/thriller/detective novel ever, but I place Gorky Park right after it – ahead of any of P. D. James’ novels. And now I’ve read Red Square. And it’s almost as good as Gorky Park. How did Smith manage any of this? The level of research and imagination just floors me. The highly specific descriptions of very isolated locales, of inner offices, of dachas, of old barns, crummy apartments, neighborhoods, black markets, vehicles – it’s just drenched with authentic Russian ambiance. Millions of details – how did he do it? Le Carré had far more access than Smith to the places he wrote about, but he never managed to hit this level of highly specific, intimate detail.

I will read all of Smith’s books. He’s very close to the best. Of course, the ending gets a bit hairy, and one or two bits hit about a seven on the old unbelievability index. Smith really doesn’t need to push it that far. It ever-so-slightly cheapens the book. But this is a quibble. Other writers should beg to have their books cheapened up to Smith’s level.

Five stars.
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Martin Cruz Smith is a former journalist and magazine editor. "Red Square" is his third novel - after "Gorky Park" and "Polar Star" - to feature Arkady Renko and was first published in 1992.

Renko, the hero, works as an Investigator with Moscow's militia - more or less the standard police force - and has something of a chequered career. Never a truly 'practising' member of the Party, Renko hasn't always been thought highly of by those in authority. He has always wanted to catch the people responsible for the crimes he's investigating, regardless of the 'political' consequences - as a result of this, he was once dismissed from the Party for a lack of 'political reliability' and sentenced to a life in Siberia. He also appears to be something of a disappointment to his father, a very famous ex-General. (Arkady's opinion of his father - who is very ill as the book opens - isn't too high, either). However, after the events outlined in "Polar Star", he was reinstated to his former position - but is now working in a new Moscow that he barely recognises. "Red Square" is largely set in Moscow, Munich and Berlin in 1991 and is set in turbulent times : Germany has been re-unified and the breakup of the USSR is closing in.

The book opens in August 1991, with Renko and his partner - an Estonian called Jaak Kuusnets - on their way to a meeting with Rudy Rosen. Although Rosen operates as a banker for the various factions of the Russian Mafia, he has agreed to Renko planting a transmitter in his car for the duration of a Mafia-sponsored illegal market. (This is largely due to the fact that the militia have enough to put Rosen away for a very long time). Despite turning informer, Rosen appears to feel relatively safe.
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The thing I like most about Smith's work is how well developed and deep his characters are. This isn't just straight action like the disasters I've read by John le Carre. Arkady Renko is up against corrupt bureaucrats, powerful businessmen and rival police organs. They provide him with inept assistants, the bare minimum of support and outdated equipment, yet somehow he still manages to get his man using his tenacity and brains. Renko's attitude is what drives this whole series of books-the sardonic, poetic, romantic and brilliant musings of our hero reveal such a deep character, which keeps us intrigued during any slow parts of the action. Arkady always makes some kind of funny mental comment while he's getting beat up in a subway tunnel or shot at or feasting on a russian dinner of stale bread, yogurt and a cucumber, and it just cracks me up. The plot is also amazing, twisting and turning in so many ways. The first three books are essential, but don't bother with havana bay, it's pathetic compared to these. All things must come to an end, though, and it was great while it lasted.
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The Third in the Inspector Arkady Renko series in Martin Cruz Smith's series of Russian intrigue. The series includes Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square and Havana Bay, SO FAR. We can only hope there will be more. (Smith is on schedule of a book every FIVE years. But the resulting work is worth it!)
Most writers today find a successful formula and stick to it... over and over. The only thing the same from Martin Cruz Smith's works are their high level of excitement, interesting characters and plot development. Arkady Renko is one of the most interesting characters in all of mystery fiction.
What Smith does best is gives the reader an insiders' view of a society totally different than what the audience is used to.
Whether it be Los Alamos during the development of Man's deadliest weapon in Stallion Gate, Cuba in Havana Bay, Japan on the brink of World War II in December 4th: A Novel, or Moscow in Gorky Park, with his characters on the verge of an exciting adventure for the reader to be a part of.Smith then introduces characters to his readers as if we had been their friends (or enemies) for years.
I judge other mysteries and mystery writers byMartin Cruz Smith's works. Some mysteries I consume like potato chips or pretzels. Very, VERY few do I savor each page as I do Martin Cruz Smith's excellent thrillers!
John Row
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