“Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Stellar detective/crime novel! I literally couldn’t put this down at times, and ended up going to sleep very late some nights. The novel follows Chief Investigator Arkady Renko in the Soviet Union as he investigates a brutal triple murder in Moscow. This is no simple investigation because he also has to navigate the murky realm of Russian politics, with the FBI and KGB getting their hands in there too. The author is really great at making you feel like you’re in Russia. He adds lots of color to his writing with his description of the setting. The dialogue is witty, and believable too. This book could just be made into a movie and be better than 90% of the lame murder movies out there. Why hasn’t it been done yet?
This book almost feels like two books in 1; the first part is about the murder investigation, and then the 2nd part is about the ‘killer’.
This is the start of the Arkady Renko series. The first 3 novels in the series have over 4 stars on GoodReads, but after that they start to drop in quality. That’s good to know, for when I have another hankering for political intrigue and murder in Russia.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #97 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #BookReview #Books #Russia #crime #murder #USSR #KGB #MartinCruzSmith #ArkadyRenko”,