Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

Gorky Park (Volume 1): Martin Cruz Smith (The Arkady Renko Novels)

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Gorky Park'' depicts a society where it is important to own a washing machine even if it doesn't work, so that your neighbors know you possess such a wonderful thing. Interrogation is largely a process of rebirth done in the clumsiest fashion possible, a system in which the midwife attempts to deliver the same baby a dozen times in a dozen different ways. Gerasimov, who could reconstruct a human face from the bones and tissue left behind after the flesh decayed, and had done so in the case of historical figures like Ivan the Terrible. Instead, they each want him to say he solved the crimes with a falsified story pointing fingers in a direction each department head wants.

I know I first learned about the New York City Police Department from the Ed McBain novels, and that information has held up over the years as well as anything I learned in civics class. It’s kind of like working for a corporation only a corporation can’t ship you off to Siberia if you rock the boat too much. Gorky Park – officially, the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure (Центральный парк культуры и отдыха имени Горького)– plays a role in Moscow life similar to that of Central Park in New York City.The last few chapters were a rollercoaster as the action decamps to the USA and I think I held my breath for the entirety of the penultimate chapter.

What follows is not just damn fine crime fiction, but an examination of the communist revolution, the good, the bad and the ugly of human nature regardless of ideology and finally a study of the juxtaposition of us and them. And they would be right to be afraid; the murky past of a close relative, one whisper from a vengeful neighbor, or even owning a Bible would be enough to get one into trouble with the KGB. Osborne appears, armed with a hunting rifle, and Arkady convinces him that the FBI is planning a betrayal.R. to purchase Barguzin sables for the fur trade, since the Soviet Union has a monopoly on those sables. It begins with a triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. However, Renko soon finds himself embroiled in schemes that may mean that he’s the only who gets punished for trying to be a detective in a society that doesn’t want to admit that crime exists at all.

While the syndrome itself is fictional, the incident also alludes to the very real Soviet practice of diagnosing dissidents with " sluggish schizophrenia", and of forcibly treating them with psychotropic drugs. Arkady Renko, a chief homicide investigator, is assigned to a case involving three corpses found in Gorky Park, an amusement park in Moscow, who have had their faces and fingertips cut off. At a bathhouse, Arkady's superior, Chief Prosecutor Iamskoy, introduces Arkady to an American fur millionaire, John Osborne, who regularly visits Russia.

In fact, because of a European consulting firm being brought into my workplace, I’m seeing Russians all over my building. Arkady does so, killing Iamskoy and Osborne's chief henchman, but suffering a near fatal stomach wound. But this is a fully realized world, a backdrop that adds a great deal of freshness to yet another twisty detective thriller.

Russia is beautifully portrayed - marvellous scenery and atmosphere but with a stench of corruption and lies. His first mystery ( Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. As mentioned above, the fact of the murder victims lacking faces and fingertips might seem to make positive identification of the victims impossible. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible--and tries to stay alive doing it.However, it is not a thriller full of page-turning non-stop action (even though there are a few dramatic action scenes). You literally feel like putting it aside and not picking it up for a while, but still feel like turning page after page at the same time! So the hook here is that it’s a mystery set in the Soviet Union, and even though that era has come and gone, it’s still incredibly interesting to get this peek behind the old Iron Curtain. MCS nails the atmosphere of snowy, repressive Moscow in the 1980s when history still looks back to Stalin, WW2 and the siege of Leningrad.

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