Sat 22 January 2011, The Times

Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith

By Marcel Berlins
It doesn’t seem like 30 years since the publication of Gorky Park , Martin Cruz Smith’s ground-breaking novel introducing us to the sensitive, cynical, insubordinate and engaging Moscow cop Arkady Renko. In 1981 the Cold War seemed interminable, Brezhnev was the leader of the Soviet Union, the country was in the full throes of communism and oligarchs had yet to appear. Today’s capital is a vastly different place, but Renko is still there investigating homicides, and Cruz Smith retains his talent for providing a convincing social and political backdrop to the action.
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