Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith
An Arkady Renko Novel (Arkady Renko Novels)

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A passenger train hurtling through the night. An unwed teenage mother headed to Moscow to seek a new life. A cruel-hearted soldier looking furtively, forcibly, for sex. An infant disappearing without a trace.

So begins Martin Cruz Smith’s masterful Three Stations, a suspenseful, intricately constructed novel featuring Investigator Arkady Renko. For the last three decades, beginning with the trailblazing Gorky Park, Renko (and Smith) have captivated readers with detective tales set in Russia. Renko is the ironic, brilliantly observant cop who finds solutions to heinous crimes when other lawmen refuse to even acknowledge that crimes have occurred. He uses his biting humor and intuitive leaps to fight not only wrongdoers but the corrupt state apparatus as well.

In Three Stations, Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues, most notably an invitation to Russia’s premier charity ball, the billionaires’ Nijinksy Fair. Thus a sordid death becomes interwoven with the lifestyles of Moscow’s rich and famous, many of whom are clinging to their cash in the face of Putin’s crackdown on the very oligarchs who placed him in power.

Renko uncovers a web of death, money, madness and a kidnapping that threatens the woman he is coming to love and the lives of children he is desperate to protect. In Three Stations, Smith produces a complex and haunting vision of an emergent Russia’s secret underclass of street urchins, greedy thugs and a bureaucracy still paralyzed by power and fear.

 
 

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 July 28, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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One of the pleasures of these books has been watching Renko, the perpetual Muscovite, stranded in some odd and threatening land — the Arctic Circle, Havana, Chernobyl — that we see freshly through his eyes.

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Renko has become a surrogate father for a street urchin, Zhenyan, who helps the runaway prostitute as she desperately searches for her stolen baby, fending off another teen gangster who tries to coerce Maya back into prostitution.

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Los Angeles Times

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The iconic protagonist Arkady Renko is back, this time investigating the death of a young woman and the insidious underbelly she represents.

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Christian Science Monitor

One cannot help but sense the irony when Senior Investigator Arkady Renko, there to discuss the presumed murder of a young woman in the city’s main rail hub, observes the words and wryly suggests, “Good, you can cooperate with me.” In Renko’s Putin-era Moscow, his plea has the resounding effect o...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Contemporary Moscow - with its ubiquitous immigrants and begging homeless, its public buildings decorated with "cracked tiles that looked like broken teeth" and streets glittering "not with diamonds but broken glass" - is feeling a bit bedraggled in "Three Stations," Martin Cruz Smith's latest sp...

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Oregon Live

If the seven Renko novels that began almost 30 years ago with the brilliant "Gorky Park" have a theme, it could be the warning given by a creep Renko runs into during his investigation of the grisly murder of a young woman.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Almost thirty years ago, in his novel Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith introduced us to Arkady Renko, the Moscow homicide investigator who arrived on the page almost fully alienated—from his past, from his profession, and from the Soviet system.

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Independent.ie

Maya's search for her child and Renko's pursuit of a serial killer intersect when two ruthless professional killers sent to kill Maya and take her baby back target them.

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Scotsman.com

Arkady Renko, the ace Moscow detective, made his debut in the 1981 crime bestseller Gorky Park.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Although it would be easier for Renko to turn in his credentials and spend time reading novels and smelling the roses, he stubbornly persists in taking on the system and helping those who are in no position to help themselves.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Martin Cruz Smith first introduced Russian investigator Arkady Renko in Gorky Park (1981).

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Buried Under Books

Meanwhile, another young prostitute runs away from her faraway brothel with her infant daughter, only to discover, as the train arrives at Three Stations, that the baby has been kidnapped from her arms as she slept, giving rise to two inter-related plots: the mother’s quest for the baby, and Renk...

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