Martin Cruz Smith

Martin Cruz Smith is an American author of mystery, suspense, and crime fiction. He is best known for his novels featuring the character Arkady Renko, a Russian investigator. His most famous work, 'Gorky Park' (1981), is the first in the series featuring Renko and was adapted into a film. Smith's writing is noted for its rich character development and intricate plots that often delve into the political and social landscapes of the settings in his books.


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  1. 1. Gorky Park

    In the heart of Moscow, three corpses found in Gorky Park lead a dedicated Soviet police investigator on a complex and dangerous trail that entangles him in the web of the KGB and the FBI. As he delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a chilling conspiracy and faces moral dilemmas that challenge his very principles and integrity. The investigation becomes a personal quest for truth that takes him far beyond the park's snowy borders, testing his resolve and putting his life at risk in the shadowy intersections of international espionage and political intrigue.

    The 1078th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Polar Star

    In "Polar Star," the protagonist, a former investigator, finds himself working on a factory ship in the Bering Sea to escape his troubled past. His attempt at a quiet life is disrupted when he is thrust back into his old role as a detective after a crew member is found dead. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the novel weaves a gripping tale of murder, political intrigue, and survival, as the protagonist navigates the treacherous waters of international politics and his own personal demons to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death.

    The 9567th Greatest Book of All Time