Red Square is the third Martin Cruz Smith mystery in the Arkady Renko series. The Soviet Union is on the brink of collapse, and five or six different groups of Russian Mafia are vying for control in Moscow. Homicide investigator Arkady Renko is the center of this tale of historical intrigue.
This well written & exciting crime thriller is the 3rd in the series about russian homicide detective Arkady Renko. In this one, Renko is back on the force in Moscow after his Siberian exile being ended by the fall of the Soviet Union. He is taking on the newly empowered russian mob as his country struggles to reform itself.
Abridged. 2 tapes, approx 3 hrs.
Back from exile in the hellish reaches of the Soviet Union, homicide investigator Arkady Renko returns to tind that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. But his enemies are very much alive, and formost among them are hte powerful black=market crime lords of the Russian mafia. Hounded by the terrifying new Russian underworld, chased by the ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, defector Irina Asanava, Arkady can only hope desperately for escape. Fate however, has other ideas.
another fantastic arkady renko novel
Good story. If you liked Gorky Park, you will like this story also.
The third Investigator Arkady Renko novel based in post communist Russia.
good old Renko just keeps slogging along. A little more action than usual.
Martin Cruz Smith excels at describing high-stakes industries (in this book, the art world) as well as locales and layered plots.
There was not a great deal the pathologist could make of Rosen's charred remains after the wheeler-dealer's car had burst into flames at a midnight black-market mobsters' rendezvous outside Moscow. It looked like a bomb, but no one had seen a thing - the witnesses has gone to ground. Arkady Renko, Special Investigator (re-instated) with the Moscow Prosecutor's office, found himself taken off the case before he had made any headway. Not a man to be lightly cast aside, however, he continued to pursue his slender leads, which took him to Munich and Berlin - and back into the life of his long-lost beloved, Irina of the alluring voice - while the hard-pressed mafiosi stayed only a step ahead and made diligent efforts to remove him from the scene altogether.
Arkady Renko returns to another thriller full of Russian intrigue in a contemporary setting. Renko has been reinstated as an investigator, but once again he quickly has all sides after him.
"Gorky Park" Renko is Back!
I did not read this book. My husband did. He really seemed to like it.
Another great Arkady Renko novel. Great writing from Martin Cruz Smith.
Martin Cruz Smith must have lived in Russia to be able to describe the events that take place in this book,murder,graft and some fine dective work.