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Red Square Back from exile Arkady Renko 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

  • Title: Red Square
  • Author: Martin Cruz Smith
  • ISBN: 9780679416883
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Back from exile, Arkady Renko 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 BOOKA LITERARY GUILD MAIN SELECTION ShaBack from exile, Arkady Renko 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 BOOKA LITERARY GUILD MAIN SELECTION Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plottedIt should find as many friends as did GORKY PARK THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

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    1. A magnificent read. Martin Cruz Smith is that rarest of authors, a writer who turns the thriller genre into art. I would rank him with my beloved Alan Furst in terms of quality; the delicacy of his language, his witty dialogue, the you-are-there rendition of a particular time in history, the lyrical and sometimes heartbreaking realism of his characters.

    2. So, I was in love with Arkady, but after this, I'm over it. His endearing aloofness and cynical yet amused detachment so typical of the Eastern-European psyche is almost demolished in Red Square, as Cruz Smith unnecessarily leads us into Arkady's tormented-lover's soul. Making things worse, the pov becomes so confused: most of the time, we're led to observe Arkady instead of being party to his feelings or thoughts with one exception: when he's thinking about Irina, it's all gushy insecure rot.Al [...]

    3. RED SQUARE is the third Arkady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith. Book One was GORKY PARK published in 1981. It is now a decade later, the eve of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. That dissolution is foreshadowed in numerous scenes. The “New Moscow” is littered with heavy machinery and material mired in mud and construction that never seems to reach completion. The lines in the shops are long; the store shelves mostly empty. The new center of commerce is the black market. It's midnight. [...]

    4. I am a little torn on what to rate this. I think this book's predecessor, Polar Star, was just so good this one might suffer a bit in comparison. Nevertheless, I still remain a fan of Smith's gift with prose, his cast of compelling characters and his ability to make the reader really live in the Russian and German mindsets in the era between the Wall's collapse and the dissolution of the USSR. The book has multiple story lines that converge. One is Renko's investigation of the murder of an infor [...]

    5. Seldom have I been so disappointed in a book as I was in Red Square. I read Gorky Park many years ago and loved it. Didn't know there was a Arkady Renko series until about a year ago. When I did, I got ahold of Polar Star and read it. OK, not as good as Gorky Park , but, still, a good book to read. Now, I've read the 3rd in the series in Red Square and I believe that I am done with this series. Thought the plot, and action, dragged on and on. Difficult to read because of the seemingly disjointed [...]

    6. In every respect, a magnificent detective novel. Usually by Book #3 in a mystery series, you expect the author to start resting on his or her laurels a bit, but, with RED SQUARE, Martin Cruz Smith delivers us his bleakest, most cerebral Arkady Renko adventure yet. The series' main characters continue to develop in natural-but-exciting ways, and Renko himself is rapidly becoming my favorite literary character outside of James Bond. Smith's prose never falters, embodying an incredible literary sop [...]

    7. I'm really impressed with M. Cruz Smith. I think he's underrated and I am not sure why. He has more in common with Graham Greene that your average thriller writer. British crime writer Val McDermid says he is "one of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe". I'm not a writer but I can see what she means (it's from a great article on MCSmith in the Guardian, guardian/books/2005/). He's in the same class as LeCarre, except it's better procedur [...]

    8. This is my first encounter with Martin Cruz Smith and Arkady Renko - the principal character in many of his books. Reading this book is like downloading a large image on a painfully slow internet connection: all you see at first is a blank rectangle, then a few blotches of color become visible followed by some hazy lines; then come broadly pixelated images which slowly acquire greater definition until finally the picture becomes clear.There is a clear plot in the book - a murder is committed and [...]

    9. I was looking for something perfect for reading on the train, and having previously read another Arkady Renko book, I figured this was about as good an option as I was likely to find-- diverting, crammed with detail and some soupcon of geopolitical obscurantism.It might be a product of the second time never being as good as the first, but I found this one not quite as compelling as _Wolves Eat Dogs_, the other book I read. I mean, it's good, and there are passages of compelling beauty-- Smith is [...]

    10. I have enjoyed reading this book. Red Square, the sequel to Gorky Park and Polar Star, demonstrates the author's ability to skillfully create a rich set of characters, give a vivid description of the locale, through the use of strong visual imagery, and juggle multiple plot twists that keeps the reader, such as myself, on edge of his seat and building excitement at each plot twist. The plot is driven forward by the multi faceted protagonist of the novel, Arkady Renko, who is crafted by the aut [...]

    11. i am not quite sure what to think - nor what it actually was about. one might argue that that was exactly what the author intended what with the upheaval in the soviet union at the time and the people caught up in it but personally i don't really like it when i don't know by the end what the crime was all about (and why??? besides greed and who did business with whom? not sure). maybe it would have helped to know more about the history of the late 80s and early 90s. also: if you put in some germ [...]

    12. It's rare to find such good writing married to such tight plotting, and I enjoyed this instalment just as much as Gorky Park. As before, the scene-setting is vivid - this time we see Munich and the newly-reunited Berlin as well as Moscow - and there's a strong sense of theme and symbolism.

    13. Martin Cruz Smith creates a fully formed protagonist in Arkady Renko. His character is at odds with almost everything around him in the freshly created ruins behind the Iron Curtain. His disgust at the government he works for, despite his love of Mother Russia make him a pariah wherever he finds himself. Dogged determination is his only virtue, and it seems to be all he needs.Through his eyes, Smith allows us a rare glimpse into the sad world of emerging capitalism- one without capital for the v [...]

    14. At one point in Red Square, by Martin Cruz Smith, one of Arkady Renko’s temporary partners turns to the battered detective and asks, “Renko, do you ever feel like the plague?” (248*). At this point, Renko has been attacked a couple of times. His partner in Moscow has been killed. A couple of witnesses had been killed after talking to him. And, oh yeah, the Soviet Union is going to collapse any day. Renko spends most of this book in Munich and Berlin, so there’s a real chance that his cou [...]

    15. While I enjoyed this book, I did not think it was quite as good as Polar Star or Gorky Park. The relationship between Irina and Renko was touching and I enjoyed the growing friendship between Renko and Peter. The strength of this series is the slow steady development of the mystery, the skills of Renko, the insightful descriptions of Russia, and particularly the interesting characters. The ending of this novel was particularly strong. 4.3 stars

    16. # 3 in the Arcady Renko series. Slow start (for me). Intense tale set in Russia, Berlin and Munich, during the late Glasnost period, about the murder of a smuggler and private banker operating out of his car. Became steadily pulled into the story and really appreciated the vivid depiction of life in Germany a year after teardown of the the Berlin Wall and the last days of Gorbachev's Russia. Look forward to reading 'Havana Square,' the next in the series.

    17. I am being more and more impressed by the books about commisar Arkady Renko. I have no way to know where Cruz Smith gets his inspiration and wheter or not his depiction of Russian psyke is trust-worthy, but it sure makes for a very good read. Characters are fascinating, depictions of enviroments do ring true and I must say that relation between Arkady and Irina was (at least initially) both captivating and heartbreaking. Last but not least, it's a pretty decent crime story too.

    18. What a transporting story. The author is amazing. His details and how they eventually all connect back within the plot was terrific. I am always cheering on Arkardy Renko, the one honest man in a sea of corruption. Smart and sad, he is. I also loved the comparison that the author portrayed between the cultural mores of Moscow and of Munich.

    19. The third Arkady Renko book. He follows the clues to the klllers of his partner to Germany, during the time of the tanks surrounding the (Russian) White House. Even though the book is close to 20 years old, it's still good. It has a mystery story wrapped up in the atmosphere of 1991 Moscow. Great!

    20. It was OKish but meh. I like the novelty of these storylines but Smith definitely overstayed his welcome. Too grim and so serious. Russians have joy too.

    21. I’ve read the first two in the Arkady Renko series, about a homicide detective (“Investigator”) in Moscow; “Gorky Park” (which was made into a quite good movie starring Lee Marvin) and “Polar Star” (in which Arkady solves a murder aboard a fishing tender ship where he is working after being arrested, sent to a gulag, and tortured for committing a political crime). In the third (of eight so far, I think), he has worked his way back to Investigator status, mostly because he is a bril [...]

    22. Even though I was excited to read this, I was really disappointed in the plot of this book. The historical context behind the book is intriguing, but the author seems to solely focus on the historical events at points and ignore laying out the proper details that will capture the reader's interest. The beginning of the book is incredibly confusing because a whirlwind of murders occur in the first chapter. After that, Detective Renko can't quite decide whether he wants to chase after Irina or sol [...]

    23. Either I like an Arkady book or I don't. Does not seem to be an in between. I just could not for the life of hold any concentration reading this one, in fact that has been a trait of most of Smith's Renko books. Life's too short to continue. So perhaps this is my last as it has been downhill since Gorky Park though I did enjoy Stalin's Ghost. Oh, horrors. I have two more unread one's on my bookshelf.

    24. One I missed Somehow I missed reading this as I was working my way through this series and it was fun to find it and now I'll have to take another look at Havana Bay, to see what I might have missed before. Arkady Renko is a character I've come to enjoy and identify with. May Mr. Smith keep writing about him!

    25. Much weaker than the first two books in the series. Cruz Smith's plot is atrociously bad, hinging on downright dumb coincidences to advance, and the charm of his depicition of a dysfunctional Sovjet society is losing it's charm. Still readable though, but even close to being as good as the first books in the series

    26. Another Arkady Renko mystery. Taught, complicated, revealing about the realities of life in Russia and Eastern Europe after the breaking apart of the Soviet Union.

    27. Amazing follow up to Gorky Park very detailed descriptions of Moscow, Berlin and Poland. I am hoping Martin Cruz Smith writes a new book soon! The Girl From Venice was too short!

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