Gorky Park by Martin Curz Smith Book Review 29.
“She is saying something, Investigator. She’s saying ‘Here I am!’ Taker her” – Andreev.
Three corpses are found in Gorky Park amusement centre in Moscow, frozen in the snow and their faces and fingers are missing. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko must do whatever it takes to identify the victims and find the killer ,but not all is as it seems. Struggling with his own problems; his wife who wants to destroy him, his father who was a famous General wants to disown him and the KGB and FBI who are not only keeping secrets from him but are also making him responsible for three murders, Arkady’s brilliant mind will unlock the truth. But at what cost…
I absolutely loved this book. It’s dark, it’s gritty and set in place full of mystery and intrigue which I love. I am fascinated with Russian history so I tend to devour every book that is set in Russia. This book was a surprise. I tried to read it a few years ago but I couldn’t get past the first few chapters, but then recently I decided to pick it up again and I was delighted by it. The characters are so beautifully written. There was so much depth to them, they weren’t all bad but they weren’t all good either. I really felt as if I was there in Moscow with Arkady trying to help him solve the mystery.
What makes a good crime novel? For me it is trying to guess who the killer was but at the same time I like to know when the character knows. It was like that in Gorky Park. You literally had no idea what was happening until it clicked for Arkady and then you were like “Oh my God I never thought of that”. I just absolutely loved it and I totally recommend it to anyone who likes a good crime/suspense novel. The beauty is there more to the series. As far as I am aware there another 7 books that follow on from Gorky Park so I hope to continue the series and be amazed by this talented writer. It was just one of those books that I really didn’t want to get o the end and now that I am finished it I am finding it hard to start a new book.
Are you like that? Once you have read a ridiculously awesome book do you find it hard to start another one? Do you feel like you are still in the world of the book that you have just read that you don’t want to leave it? Leave your comments below.
My Rating: 10 out 10 (I just absolutely loved this book so much).
“I’ll tell you about a Siberian dilemma”, Arkady said. “Osbourne could have bought religious chairs, chests and ikons from twenty different sources in Moscow. As you said Golodkin already had one for him, So why would he take the risk of dealing with two desperate people running from the law? Why bother creating that fantastic lie of escape for them? What could Kostia ad Valerya offer that no one else could?” – Arkady.