Three Stations - Martin Cruz Smith

Three Stations

By Martin Cruz Smith

  • Release Date - Published: 2010-08-17
  • Book Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Author: Martin Cruz Smith
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 187 Ratings)

Three Stations Martin Cruz Smith read online review & book description:

A passenger train hurtling through the night. An unwed teenage mother headed to Moscow to seek a new life. A cruel-hearted soldier looking furtively, forcibly, for sex. An infant disappearing without a trace.

So begins Martin Cruz Smith’s masterful Three Stations, a suspenseful, intricately constructed novel featuring Investigator Arkady Renko. For the last three decades, beginning with the trailblazing Gorky Park, Renko (and Smith) have captivated readers with detective tales set in Russia. Renko is the ironic, brilliantly observant cop who finds solutions to heinous crimes when other lawmen refuse to even acknowledge that crimes have occurred. He uses his biting humor and intuitive leaps to fight not only wrongdoers but the corrupt state apparatus as well.

In Three Stations, Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues, most notably an invitation to Russia’s premier charity ball, the billionaires’ Nijinksy Fair. Thus a sordid death becomes interwoven with the lifestyles of Moscow’s rich and famous, many of whom are clinging to their cash in the face of Putin’s crackdown on the very oligarchs who placed him in power.

Renko uncovers a web of death, money, madness and a kidnapping that threatens the woman he is coming to love and the lives of children he is desperate to protect. In Three Stations, Smith produces a complex and haunting vision of an emergent Russia’s secret underclass of street urchins, greedy thugs and a bureaucracy still paralyzed by power and fear.


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  • of course`

    By ghry
    Try reading it on paper. I personally love anything Renko, even trash like three stations. Of course the only Renko books worth their weight in print are the first two. I actually read Polar Star before I read Gorky Park, just the order I found them in. Give Smith a break. Wolves...Dogs is great, but I lost intrest in stalins ghost. If what you seek is an exceptional Renko-like extension, read "Rose."
  • 3 Stations

    By JLou2012
    must have needed a boat payment...his other works very good..........
  • Three Stations:

    By Gloria Chisum
    Big disappointment, especially after Polar Star, Havana Bay, and most especially after Gorky Park.
  • Three Stations crap shoot

    By vocomp
    With an enviable list of very readable books to his credit, Smith finally rolled craps on Three Stations. The book, and Arkady Renko, roll along quite nicely until the last few chapters; at which point Smith seems to have grown weary of his tale. He elides toward the conclusion with such sparseness the reader may not even be aware the end has been reached. I felt that Smith must have mistakenly inserted his outline pages for his finished chapters. Not his best work.
  • Typical cruz smith: good

    By Gen. K. Whale
    Not the greatest of his work--he has some top 100 all time books like December 6--but this book is good enough to beat most books released this year.
  • Better than some

    By Nice, straight forward
    Not his best but better after the first half. Worth the read give it time.
  • Three stations

    By DougDRS
    A disappointment. Choppy and disjointed and lacks the natural flow that Smith's previous Moscow based books had. The character's are particularly dreary and situations are contrived and people lack sufficient motivation for their behavior. The story ends abruptly as if several chapters were left out to explain how events got to where they were. Maybe Mr. Smith dashed this book off in a hurry to make some quick money and lacked the interest to fill out the story. It reads more like short sketches then a fully developed novel.
  • Three stations

    By googlu7
    This was ok. Not his most inspired work. Scott

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