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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2008-reads, mystery

In 1981, when Smith published Gorky Park, the Berlin Wall had yet to fall, and Glasnost wasn't yet a twinkle in Gorbachev's eye. Perhaps in that climate, nearly 40 years into the Cold War, a thriller set largely behind the Curtain, exploring how the Red half lived, was enough to titilate an audience. Because the effusive praise heaped on this one surely isn't due to the writing. Gorky Park is a messy narrative at best, a willy-nilly hodgepodge of Soviet cliches at worst. Most disappointing is the lack of mystery in this thriller, as the bad guy (who, incidentally, wears a black hat) gets identitified early on, and thereafter simply pops up with all the convenience of a jack-in-the-box bogeyman. Wildly overrated.
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October 19, 2008 – Finished Reading
November 19, 2011 – Shelved
November 14, 2014 – Shelved as: 2008-reads
April 16, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery

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Mary Ellis I didn't think identifying the killer was as important as uncovering the motive for the crime and seeing justice done when powerful forces on all sides militated against it. There is a palpable tension throughout the book in Arkady's attempts find the truth while walking a tightrope over a lion's den.


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