MARTIN CRUZ SMITH'S LATEST BOOK HEADS BACK TO THE U.S.S.R.
In 1971, with the Cold War alive and well in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, Martin Cruz Smith had the idea of setting a mystery novel in the Soviet Union. He says his original concept was “to write a story about an American detective who shows the Russian police how American cops solve crime.” Smith adds, “Once I went there, it quickly dawned on me that the story’s central character should not be American but Russian.” Almost 50 years later, with the Soviet Union gone and a different but no less fraught relationship between the U.S. and Russia, that Russian central character, Arkady Renko, is still an honest cop in a crooked system, trying to achieve a measure of temporary justice. Smith’s ninth Renko novel, The Siberian Dilemma, will be published by Simon & Schuster in November.
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