Friends, this is my review of the book Red Square by Martin Cruz Smith, which I read recently. It is the third book in the Gorky Park and Polar Star series. Arady Renko has been reinstated as an investigator in the Moscow Militsiya, and he is trying to stamp out black market trading. Sadly his chief informer is murdered in a horrific fireball as he gets into his car. Arady then starts to look into why he has been murdered. The main clue seems to be a message on the fax machine “Where is Red Square”
The book ten goes on a magical mystery tour to find the answer to the question posed in the fax. The really enjoyable aspect of reading this book is the picture Martin paints in each chapter of what is going on. Vast amounts of prose seemingly telling nothing, but in fact setting the back ground and turning what could have been an average book into a great book, full of sub plots that run alongside the main one.
One of these sub plots is with the one great love of his life, Irina Asanova. Her seemingly total disinterest in Arkady sends him resignedly on his way until, in an ultimate ironic twist, a belatedly-delivered message from Renko's recently deceased father galvanizes him into one last, determined attempt at winning Irina back.
Yes you do have to read it and yes the names are not that easy but it is meant to be about Russia, but this was a really enjoyable read.
This was book 47 week 35 fiction 43 (12 on audio) non fiction 4
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