Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Martin Cruz Smith is recommended by Rob
Meet Arkady Renko, beleaguered, bullied, and bullheaded Russian detective. He just wants to do his job--investigating murders. And he's good at it. Unfortunately for him, his superiors are often more interested in cover-ups and the appearance of an investigation, than in actually solving cases. Renko is constantly beset with corruption, incompetence, favoritism, bureaucracy and a legal system ill-suited for a cop with principles. But he dogs on, not unlike Columbo, winning with his wits and persistence rather than his dead aim or martial arts skills. There are seven books in the Arkady Renko series. The first three take place in the Soviet Union and the rest in post-Communist Russia. They're set in Moscow, Cuba, the Bering Sea, and Chernobyl. Start with Gorky Park where Renko has to contend with the KGB which is determined to block his investigation. All of the Renko books are available in audio format and Gorky Park was made into a movie, with William Hurt as Arkady Renko.