Red Square

Red Square

A Novel

Book - 2007
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • “Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plotted . . . [Red Square] should find as many friends as did Gorky Park.”—The Washington Post Book World

Back from exile in the hellish reaches of the Soviet Union, homicide investigator Arkady Renko discovers that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. But his enemies are very much alive, and foremost among them are the powerful black-market crime lords of the Russian mafia. Hounded by this terrifying new underworld, chased by the ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, defector Irina Asanova, Arkady can only hope desperately for escape. But fate has something else in store.

“Gripping . . . Smith at his best.”—The Wall Street Journal

“A crackling suspense thriller.”—The Boston Globe

“Fascinating . . . powerful.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Absorbing.”—The New York Times


Baker & Taylor
With the fall of Soviet Communism, Inspector Arkady Renko returns from exile to a radically different Moscow and finds himself embroiled in a confrontation with Russia's new criminal elite, the terrifying Russian underworld. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2007, c1992
Description: 378 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780345497727
Branch Call Number: Smit


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this is an engaging writer, indeed. the russian people, as portrayed by him here, are desperate and funny and resigned to their fate. they seem less trapped in their cultural delusions, except if you want to consider vodka such a trap. the chechens appear as ominous as Sicilians. The Germans are very clean. Rather than writing characters composed of racial stereotypes alone, Smith endows each one with vibrant individuality. their is a climactic ending---oh, jolly good! the 'red square' could just as appropriately be affixed to the McGuffin ( see Hitchcock ) , a painting the main characters compete for, in a deadly fashion. " Headlights swung on and off the road, creating an ad hoc junction. Perhaps it wasn't so much a matter of there being no crime in Germany as it was how crime was defined.In Moscow prostitution was against the law.Here it was a regulated trade." " We grew up with informers. Among our friends and families there were always informers. Even among heroes there were informers." " Laika kept her attention on Arcady in case he produced a bomb, a gun or a sharpened umbrella, against her master." "Irina wore an emerald outfit that accented the red in her hair. She was so nervous and excited that in the lift she was like an extra light." "In Russian the word for beautiful was the same as the word for red." "Malevich's problem was that Stalin decreed that writers and artists should be 'engineers of the soul.'" "Most of the Malevich paintings were suppressed in Russia for 50 years, as 'ideologically incorrect' art." " Irina pointed out that Russians always used German art materials when they could."

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