Survival. Martin Cruz Smith has reprised his popular Russian detective Arkady Renko in a new novel titled, Three Stations. Set in modern Moscow, Renko is hanging onto his job by a thread, and many fellow Muscovites are struggling to survive corruption and crime while trying to eke out a living. Renko injects himself into a murder case, which is followed by what appears to be serial homicides. Gangsters are trying to pursue a runaway prostitute, whose child was stolen upon her arrival in Moscow. For her and for others, Renko works to get to the bottom of everything, and along the way, he’s willing to sacrifice his job and himself, since he seems to have nothing else to lose. Smith has continued to deepen his development of the Renko character with this novel, and his plot pacing and descriptions of Moscow make for quick and enjoyable reading.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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