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Book Title: Las Tres Estaciones|
The author of the book: Martin Cruz Smith
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 842 KB
Edition: Ediciones B
Date of issue: July 31st 2013
ISBN 13: 9788498728132
Read full description of the books Las Tres Estaciones:Russian cop Arkady Renko has been solving crimes in novels for almost three decades now. When he was introduced during the Cold War in Gorky Park, Renko had to tread carefully because of a communist government that didn’t like to even admit that there were any crimes, let alone appreciate someone being independent enough to actually try and solve them. He‘s been exiled to a Siberian fishing boat, recalled to Moscow during glasnost, witnessed the final gasp of communism, gotten embroiled in plots in Havana and taken a lovely trip to Chernobyl over the course of his career. He’s survived clashes with the KGB, the CIA, corrupt cops and politicians, ruthless capitalists, the Russian mafia, Cuban thugs and being shot in the head at one point.
Despite almost always being vastly overmatched both politically and physically, he‘s somehow managed to get the job done. Arkady isn’t particularly idealistic, political or brave, he just has an unerring sense of justice that won’t let him go along when something is being swept under the rug, and he’s got a knack for screwing up the well laid plans of powerful people.
Renko’s bosses have finally figured out a way to keep him from pissing in their borscht. They aren’t giving him any cases. He still has his job title as investigator, but since he isn’t allowed to look into any crimes, he can’t poke his nose into delicate situations they want left alone. However, his superiors underestimated Renko’s ability to find trouble.
Renko’s friend and fellow detective, Victor, is about to be fired for his constant drunkenness. Trying to save his job, Renko pulls him off a vodka bender and helps him answer a call to what is supposed to be the routine overdose of a prostitute. Renko and Victor soon suspect that the girl was actually murdered and try to push an investigation forward, but Renko’s boss sees it as a chance to finally get rid of the pain-in-the-ass detective for good.
As Renko deals with the murder that leads him to a shifty Russian billionaire and a sassy female fashion journalist, a parallel story is being told about a missing baby. Maya is a teenage prostitute who has just given birth and is on her way to Moscow to hide from her pimps who want the baby gone and her back to work. When the baby is snatched from her on the train, Maya’s only help comes from Zhenya, a brilliant but withdrawn Russian street kid that Renko has tried to help.
As always, Smith delivers an intriguing and gritty picture of a Russian culture that features a privileged few getting rich from the rise of capitalism while average Russians have to hustle to survive. Renko still has his stubborn refusal to quit no matter what he’s threatened with, and he’s retained his black sense of humor. One of the parts I always enjoy most about the Renko books is how the other characters think that he has a death wish or is too stupid to know when to stop. As Victor tells Arkady at one point:
“ You are so fucked. You have no authority and no protection, just enemies. What are you looking for? Blood on the sidewalk and a round of applause?”
While it’s always good to get another book from Smith, this one is very short at 241 pages. There’s more of a frantic pace than I’m used to from the usually more brooding and atmospheric Renko series. Since the book is essentially split into two parts, it almost feels like you’re reading two short stories about Arkady that got mixed together. Still an entertaining read, but not quite up to the better entries in the series.
Read information about the authorAKA Simon Quinn, Nick Carter.
Martin Cruz Smith (born Martin William Smith), American novelist, received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He worked as a journalist from 1965 to 1969 before turning his hand to fiction. His first mystery (Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Nightwing was his breakthrough novel and was made into a movie.
Smith is best known for his series of novels featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko. Gorky Park, published in 1981, was the first of these and was called "thriller of the '80s" by Time Magazine. It became a bestseller and won the Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. Renko has also appeared in Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin's Ghost, and Three Stations.
In the 1970s, Smith wrote Simon Quinn and penned two Slocum adult action westerns as Jake Logan. He also wrote the Nick Carter with Mike Avallone and others.
Martin Cruz Smith now lives in San Rafael, California with his wife and three children.
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