Six Novels of Clues to the Soul of Mother Russia
By TIMOTHY L. O’BRIEN
Published: August 5, 2007
A reading of Martin Cruz Smith’s Renko novels set in Russia offers an incisive encapsulation of Soviet and post-Soviet travails over the last few decades.
Dig Up the Garrote and the Moscow Rule Book: Guess Who’s Back in Town
By JANET MASLIN
Published: July 9, 2007
Martin Cruz Smith still writes soulfully and evocatively about Arkady Renko, the wary, astutely cynical Russian detective who first appeared 26 years ago in “Gorky Park.”