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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
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Feb 20, 2011

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I found this book a little disapointing as it seemed very slow plot wise, and the central characters were not as grounded and believable as in others novels of this genre. It is well written with an intricate plot, however, and it is clear that Cruz-Smith knows his stuff when it comes to all things Russian. It does not help that several of the better characters are killed off quite early in the book (I particulary liked Pasha, Renko's partner) and most of the remaining ones are little more than stereotypical east/west personalities without depth or personality. It is hard to desribe the plot adequatley as on one hand it strives to be an out and out crime thriller whilst on the other it seeks to address political economics and the whole communist/capitalist ideology (which, in a lot of cases is unnecessary 'padding' and detracts from the crime aspect, which, at times is excellent). I have read a lot worse but you can't help feeling that this book didn't reach its potential.
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