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Independence Square


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Martin Cruz Smith's novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Nightwing, Polar Star, Stalin's Ghost, Rose, December 6, Tatiana, The Girl from Venice, and The Siberian Dilemma. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award and Britain's Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.



'Martin Cruz Smith writes with an immediacy, depth and lightness of touch that is rare in its combination, and impossible to resist. With characters you know instantly and care deeply about - never more than now - he creates a world that is both brilliantly contemporary in its understanding of world politics, and timeless in its grasp of people and human nature. Independence Square is no exception, and further crystallises Cruz Smith as one of the finest writers of our age. I loved it' Charlotte Philby

'Arkady Renko, one of the most iconic detective creations of the last half century is back in another nail biting, hotly topical adventure, that once more cements Cruz Smith's place as the undisputed master of the political crime thriller' Abir Mukherjee

'Renko, never far from trouble, is enmeshed in the cesspit of Russian politics and corruption and Putin's bellicose intentions toward Ukraine. Lured by his compulsion for the truth behind a disappearance and an assassination, Renko steps directly into the firing line. This is Renko's most zeitgeisty investigation and definitely Cruz Smith's most powerful and engaging novel since Gorky Park' Paul Burke, CrimeTime FM

'Martin Cruz Smith makes tension rise through the page like a shark's fin' Independent

'Smith not only constructs grittily realistic plots, he also has a gift for characterisation of which most thriller writers can only dream' Mail on Sunday

'Brilliantly worked, marvellously written . . . an imaginative triumph' Sunday Times

'Drips with atmosphere and authenticity - a literary triumph' David Young

'Forty years ago, Gorky Park established a new high-water mark for the thriller. It has yet to be surpassed' Mick Herron

'When first published Gorky Park was an instant classic; and its reputation has only grown since 1981' Adrian McKinty

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