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Martin Cruz Smith

Autor(a) de Gorky Park

42+ Works 17,272 Membros 421 Reviews 64 Favorited

About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith is a writer of suspense novels. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 1942 but grew up in New Mexico and the Philadelphia area. Smith earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Smith worked for local television stations, newspapers, and the Associated Press. mostrar mais His early work was published under the names Simon Quinn, Jake Logan, and Martin Smith. Smith is best known for a series of suspense/thrillers featuring Investigator Arkady Renko. The first of these books, Gorky Park, was published in 1981 and adapted as a film starring William Hurt and Lee Marvin two years later. An earlier film of his work, Nightwing, directed by Arthur Hiller, was released in 1979. Smith is a member of the Authors League of America and the Authors Guild. In 2013 his title Tatiana made The New York Times Best Seller List. The Girl from Venice also became a bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Martin Cruz Smith has written under the pseudonyms Simon Quinn, Martin Quinn, Jake Logan, and Martin Smith (his real name).

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Obras de Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park (1981) 3,814 cópias
Polar Star (1989) 1,853 cópias
Red Square (1992) 1,531 cópias
Havana Bay (1999) 1,498 cópias
Wolves Eat Dogs (2004) 1,349 cópias
Stalin's Ghost (2007) 1,227 cópias
Rose (1996) 1,032 cópias
December 6 (2002) 1,029 cópias
Three Stations (2010) 891 cópias
Stallion Gate (1986) 629 cópias
Tatiana (2013) 578 cópias
The Girl from Venice (2016) 492 cópias
Nightwing (1977) 427 cópias
The Siberian Dilemma (2019) 262 cópias
Canto for a Gypsy (1997) 151 cópias
Gypsy in Amber (1971) 150 cópias
Independence Square (2023) 125 cópias
The Indians Won (1970) 66 cópias
Gorky Park / Nightwing (1988) 39 cópias
The Analog Bullet (1978) 38 cópias
Polar Star / Rose (1989) 21 cópias
Red Square/Gypsy in Amber (1900) 18 cópias
Independence Square (2023) 5 cópias
Nightwing and Stallion Gate (2001) 5 cópias
L’ala della notte 1999 1 exemplar(es)
Park Gorkega 1 exemplar(es)
Enigma siberiano 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works


20th century (76) American (49) American fiction (67) American literature (78) Arkady Renko (456) Chernobyl (48) Cold War (63) crime (455) crime fiction (260) Cuba (93) detective (214) detective fiction (56) ebook (90) espionage (112) fiction (2,015) first edition (66) historical (49) historical fiction (152) Japan (58) literature (60) Moscow (235) murder (75) mystery (1,335) mystery-thriller (52) novel (298) own (50) police (60) police procedural (95) read (181) Renko (90) Russia (789) series (124) Soviet Union (161) spy (59) suspense (155) thriller (689) to-read (490) unread (67) USA (53) WWII (131)

Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Smith, Martin William
Outros nomes
Quinn, Simon
Logan, Jake
Smith, Martin
Carter, Nick
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
San Rafael, California, USA
University of Pennsylvania (BA | Creative Writing | 1964)
Crime Writers' Association, Golden Dagger Award (1991)
International Association of Crime Writers, Hammett Prize (1999 ∙ 1996)
Piemonte Grinzane Noir Prize (2008)
Aviso de desambiguação
Martin Cruz Smith has written under the pseudonyms Simon Quinn, Martin Quinn, Jake Logan, and Martin Smith (his real name).



JULY READ - SPOILERS - Gorky Park em The Green Dragon (Julho 2013)
JULY READ - NO SPOILERS - Gorky Park em Book talk (Julho 2013)


It happens again and again, it seems to happen to all of the masters of their craft Azimov, LeCarre, Herbert, Penny, and now Martin Cruz Smith. Trading on a brand, without producing a novel worthy of that brand. I highly recommend his earlier works, give these later works a pass.
JohnChic | outras 16 resenhas | Feb 17, 2024 |
Brought Russia to life. The investigation of some murders but also about coping with life on a totalitarian state. Made contemporary by having the Ukraine as a pivotal setting.
waldhaus1 | outras 13 resenhas | Jan 26, 2024 |
A fast-paced, well-written novel set in and around Los Alamos, New Mexico in the final preparations before Trinity, the first successful test of the atomic bomb. Real-life figures Oppenheimer, Groves, Gold and Fuchs are mixed in with many fictional characters, the lead being Army Sergeant Joe Peña. The author makes Joe do a lot of heavy lifting: he's Native American and grew up in the area so can serve as a liaison between the Army and the local Native communities, and taught a teenage Oppenheimer how to ride horses. Joe's also a former professional boxer, a jazz pianist, son of a renowned Native potter, and attracts officer's wives to his bed like moths to a flame. This makes him a perfect candidate to be an informer for the head of security at the installation who wants Oppenheimer to revealed as a Soviet spy at all costs.
There's some beautiful writing here in descriptions of the landscape and weather, some great fight scenes and depictions of the Native communities and their suspicion that having the Army and Los Alamos as a neighbor may not be the best thing for their long-term viability. Joe's being caught between two worlds provides enough conflict to make the book exciting without the added villainy of the security chief. While Joe is a great character, he gets placed at every pivotal scene to the point that it strains credibility. The book's ending is thrilling but somehow unsatisfying.
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RobertOK | outras 12 resenhas | Jan 14, 2024 |
The story follows an elderly Arkady Renko who is traveling all over the Crimean and Ukraine just before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He is searching for a disappeared girl, and trying to solve a number of political murders on people involved with the opposition.
A well written, relatively simple little story, the kind a master storyteller may write late in her career. Excellent writing and worldbuilding, but very little complexity in plot and storyline.
In that way it reminds me of Agents running in the field, John le Carres penultimate outing.… (mais)
amberwitch | outras 13 resenhas | Dec 26, 2023 |



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