Books by Martin Cruz Smith

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This is a thoughtful and engrossing novel with more than enough action to keep the pages turning."
After his Russian Arkady Renko series (Tatiana, 2013, etc.), Smith spins a tale about an Italian fisherman and the Jewish girl he finds floating in the sea. Read full book review >
TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn't read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures."
In Smith's latest Arkady Renko novel, the Russian investigator seeks the truth about a young reporter's apparent suicide. Read full book review >
STALIN’S GHOST by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: June 12, 2007

"Smith's lawless modern Russia continues to prove as terrifying as the Cold-War state. Possibly scarier."
The excellent Russian detective Arkady Renko investigates supposed sightings of Josef Stalin in the Moscow subway, getting himself shot in the head in the process. Read full book review >
WOLVES EAT DOGS by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"As always, Smith (December 6, 2002, etc.) imagines a Russia that is sad, broken, and, somehow, romantically irresistible."
In his first outing in five years, Arkady Renko (Havana Bay, 1999, etc.) goes to the forbidden zone around post-disaster Chernobyl, where wolves have returned. Read full book review >
12/6/2010 by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Intelligent, jazzy, romantic, unbelievably tense, completely absorbing. Worth the wait."
War-ready Japan becomes as nostalgically wonderful as the doomed central Europe of Alan Furst in the latest masterwork from the author of Gorky Park. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A timeless potpourri and hours of great reading in digestible portions for professional and amateur spy-meisters alike."
A memorable collection of 16 stories, edited with an insightful introduction by the accomplished Smith(Havana Bay, p.480, etc.), who also recently won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers for his novel Rose. Read full book review >
HAVANA BAY by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: June 1, 1999

"A strong, satisfying addition to one of the most memorable and idiosyncratic series of modern thrillers. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; Author tour)"
The welcome return of one of the two (along with George Smiley) most memorable characters in modern thrillers. Read full book review >
ROSE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: May 1, 1996

"The crimes here are unremarkable, but the world evoked is memorable, glowing with life. (Author tour)"
Smith (Red Square, 1992, etc.) not only sets his exuberant, sly new novel in Victorian England but goes Victorian novelists one better, conjuring up a plot device at the heart of this mystery that Dickens would envy. Read full book review >
RED SQUARE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Russia as one of the great romances of thriller fiction. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Inspector Arkady Renko, banished to a Soviet factory-ship in Polar Star (1989), returns to Moscow on the eve of the Coup—and steps into the kind of intrigue, atmosphere, and excitement not seen from Smith since Renko's megaselling debut in Gorky Park (1981). Read full book review >
POLAR STAR by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: July 17, 1989

"A distinguished chiller, then, but not a particularly enjoyable one—like good vodka gone warm."
A Gorky Park sequel that finds Arkady Renko, disgraced Moscow cop-hero of that 1981 best seller, hiding out on a Russian factory ship (the Polar Star)—and up to his dour ears in an intricately textured but slow-drifting mess of murder, drug smuggling, and political intrigue. Read full book review >
GORKY PARK by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: April 1, 1981

"But the textures are the point here—dour humor, the everydayness of paranoia, caviar in the steambath (for some), dirty snow and red tape—and they're richly specific enough to make this a special sort of suspense treat: bitter-cold and vodka-sharp."
If this essentially conventional suspense plot—police procedural with government coverups—were set in Washington, it would add up to well-written, unremarkable entertainment. Read full book review >