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Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith
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Oct 17, 10

bookshelves: read-2010
Recommended to Jennifer by: my previous adventures with Arkady
Recommended for: fans of Arkady Renko novels
Read from October 13 to 17, 2010

Though this is not the best of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels, Smith once again gives a vivid (often horrific) picture of Moscow and the new Russia. There are hordes of street kids, drug dealers and pimps, millionaires looking to spend their money, and lots and lots of corruption. Though he is days from being suspended for being a little too good at his job, Investigator Renko takes on a new case that the rest of the police want to write off as a drug overdose. Meanwhile, Zhenya (a young hustler and chess genius who alternates between living on the street and staying with Renko), befriends a teenage girl, newly arrived to Moscow, who has lost her young baby and is fleeing her past. Though this novel felt a little rushed, I'd still take Martin Cruz Smith on an off day over most writers. However, don't start your relationship with Arkady Renko with this novel--go back to Gorky Park,
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