Full disclosure: I received an A in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri by completely ripping off Martin Cruz Smith’s novels about the laconic Russian detective Arkady Renko. I thought the series, especially the first trilogy consisting of Gorky Park, Polar Star and Red Square, were a brilliant depiction of exile and isolation, and still do to this day. There, I said it.
On the other end of the phone, the author of those novels and the searing new story Tatiana, chuckles.
“Well, these honors come belatedly, but they do come, don’t they?” he says.
The past ...
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