Red Square : Arkady Renko

  • by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • Series: Arkady Renko
  • 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1991, Arkady Renko has returned from exile and is back on the homicide squad in a newly democratic Moscow. When Arkady’s informant, Rudy Rosen, and his underworld bank-on-wheels are consumed in a ball of fire, Arkady finds himself in an investigation that points to the heart of Russia’s decaying infrastructure.


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Another fantastic novel by Martin Cruz Smith.

Arkady Renko is one of the richest characters ever created in all of literature, and his creator is one of the best writers living, in any genre. Plus, Frank Muller was without doubt the best narrator who ever read a book. This is a formidable combination, and it does not disappoint. Smith has created a Russia which feels so thoroughly researched and true that you think he must have lived there for decades. He hasn't. The entire Renko series makes one wonder why anyone else bothers to write. Gorky Park, Red Square, Polar Star, Wolves Eat Dogs: you will be thrilled by any of these. Smith's sense of time and place are so vivid that you almost feel you are living there and then. Muller's voice is so supple and many-faceted that any regular listener will instantly warm to it, and have the awesome experience of hearing an actor with virtually limitless talent. Renko is so complex: so sad yet so determined to pursue his cases; so thoroughly Russian, so observant of his environment, so passionate yet vulnerable to depression. Do you know many people in real life who are so completely human? And yet, every word of every book is fiction, a creation of one of the most fertile minds in the writing world. If you have missed this combination, you are fortunate enough to anticipate many hours of enjoyment. I have read and re-read these books several times, because they are so full of nuance and detail that you forget much of it between readings. I cannot say this of many other writers: you read them once and you have no need to read them again. Not this author, and most assuredly not this narrator.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."

Frank Muller is Arkady Renko

Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko ranks as one of my favorite characters: cynical, sardonic, and tragically honest. I love the Arkady Renko books and Frank Muller embodies Renko's tone and character perfectly. I was thrilled when this version of Polar Star was added to the Audible library, and now Red Square. In another format I have also listened to Frank Muller read Gorky Park and Havana Bay. Hopefully these recordings will make it to Audible as well; in fact I've been so spoiled that I can't listen to any other reader. To me Frank Muller's voice IS the voice of Arkady Renko.
Structurally, this book takes a bit to get into, relative to the preceding books in the series. But once Renko has a personal investment in solving the crimes, the plot flows easily and compellingly. Throughout, Cruz Smith's language is as poetic and profound as it is in all the Renko books. Highly recommended!
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- janncam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books