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Independence Square : Arkady Renko in Ukraine

Independence Square : Arkady Renko in Ukraine

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by Smith, Martin Cruz | Fiction & related items
Published 11/05/2023 by Simon & Schuster Ltd in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 272 pages
162 x 242 x 24mm | 436g

'The later Renko novels are stark, spare and beautiful, like trees in winter. Martin Cruz Smith does more on a page than most writers manage in a chapter. He is unique and irreplaceable' MICK HERRON ARKADY RENKO IS BACK . . .

Renko has been confined to a desk job by his superiors to keep him out of the way. Although he's more disillusioned with policing and the general state of Russia than ever, he feels an odd sense of hope. A rebellion is bubbling in the country, with new values butting heads against old-school regimes. People want change and politician Leonid Lebedev could be the man to do it.

When Karina, a staunch supporter of Lebedev and member of the Forum, goes missing, Renko is asked by her father to find her. Soon after his investigation begins, Alex, a close friend of Arkady's son, is found dead. He was also a member of the Forum.

The night before his murder, Alex sent Arkady a cryptic message, simply containing three pictures of Russian writers. The link between the pictures is there, if only Renko could see it.

But Arkady has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's and the physical and psychological effects of the disease are taking their toll. This time, he must fight more than the impenetrable Russian regime to get answers - he will need to fight himself. PRAISE FOR MARTIN CRUZ SMITH: 'Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary' Guardian 'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe' Val McDermid 'Martin Cruz Smith writes with an immediacy, depth and lightness of touch that is rare in its combination, and impossible to resist . . . Independence Square is no exception, and further crystallises Cruz Smith as one of the finest writers of our age' Charlotte Philby

'The undisputed master of the political crime thriller' Abir Mukherjee 'Renko started off investigating murders in Soviet Russia, now it's political corruption in Putin's Russia. And it's even more gripping than before' Gareth Rubin 'Cruz Smith's most powerful and engaging novel since Gorky Park' Paul Burke, CrimeTime FM

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