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Subject: Is Gorky Park HF?
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 11:30 AM ET
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Has anyone read Gorky Park?  I've heard such wonderful things about it, and I have it around here somewhere.  I don't know what year it's set in, exactly.  If you've read it, would you consider it historical fiction?

Date Posted: 3/25/2012 4:03 PM ET
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I read it many years ago. IIRC, it's more espionage thriller, though it does center around facism/nazism. I can't remember if it happens during WWII or after, or if it's HF or alternate history. Sorry!

I do remember liking it a lot.

Date Posted: 3/25/2012 6:12 PM ET
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I know this is completely unhelpful & you can send raspberries my way, but the movie is great! William Hurt ... need I say more?

Kelly P


Date Posted: 3/25/2012 8:27 PM ET
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I've not read it, but my understanding is it is straight espionage and set fairly contemporary to when it was written (I just looked on Wikipedia, it came out in 1981)

Date Posted: 3/25/2012 9:11 PM ET
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1981?  Good grief!  I have trouble with novels set in the 1950's being history.  Thanks ladies.  I'll use it for the mystery challenge.  

Kelly...never raspberries!  LOL

Date Posted: 3/26/2012 6:34 PM ET
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it is a wonderful book!!! i read it a long awhile ago and its sequel, "Polar Star." but like others already said, it's not hf. i'd classify it a straight spy thriller. martin cruz smith's books remind me a lot of ken follet's early stuff such as "eye of the needle."

Bruce -
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 9:51 AM ET
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It is a Cold War espionage thriller.

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 11:26 AM ET
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The Arkady Renko series is a favorite of mine :-)

Not HF but very good IMHO.