Red Square by Martin Cruz Smith

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"Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plotted...It should find as many friends as did GORKY PARK."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Back from exile, Arkady Reko returns to find that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. Not so his enemies. Hounded by the Russian mafia, chased by ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, Arkady can only hope for escape. Fate, however, has other ideas....
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
A LITERARY GUILD MAIN SELECTION


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About Martin Cruz Smith

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Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include 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.
 
Published December 21, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 402 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Inspector Arkady Renko, banished to a Soviet factory-ship in Polar Star (1989), returns to Moscow on the eve of the Coup—and steps into the kind of intrigue, atmosphere, and excitement not seen from Smith since Renko's megaselling debut in Gorky Park (1981).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Red Square

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America's preeminent writer of Russian-based thrillers explores international crime and political upheaval in this 10-week PW bestseller (Dec.)

Nov 01 1993 | Read Full Review of Red Square

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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 t

Sep 28 1992 | Read Full Review of Red Square

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Choppy prose and a self-conscious, subjective mixture of reportage and political analysis undermine a potentially intriguing examination of the Russian Indianist movement, a small group devoted to learning about, learning from and preserving Native American culture.

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Yet it’s Renko’s dispirited character — and the author’s confidence in letting it carry the novel — that makes Red Square compelling even when the story gets torturous.

Nov 13 1992 | Read Full Review of Red Square

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In an open-air black market where anything can and is bought and sold, and in full view of Arkady, Rudy is blown into a benevolent Russian sky along with an Audi full of "francs that looked like delicately hand-tinted portraits, lire with fantastic numbers and Dante's face, oversized Deutsch mark...

Nov 15 1992 | Read Full Review of Red Square

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