Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Gorky Park/Martin Cruz Smith

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 28 Nov 2007

I liked Gorky Park--which was so different when it first was published, so authentic-seeming--as well as Havana Bay. I'm delighted to see there are two I haven't read yet, which I'll mention to Santa. And I guess I'll skip Nightwing. Joy

Doug wrote:>I think Smith improves with every book he writes. Recently, I tried
> reading Nightwing -- one of his older books, "successful" inasmuch as
> it was made into a crappy movie. I only stuck with Nightwing because
> it was so bad it was instructive.
> His last three are among my all-time favorites: Havana Bay, Wolves Eat
> Dogs, and Stalin's Ghost. Gorky Park is a fine book, too, but I really
> do think the later books are better. The movie . . . feh, I didn't
> like it. William Hurt does not make a good Renko. (For what it's
> worth, imagine Stephen Rea as Renko. If you've seen his work in either
> Citizen X or V for Vendetta, you'll know what I mean.)

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