Book Talk: "Gorky Park" author Smith sets new novel in Moscow

Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:41am EDT
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By Martin Roberts

GIJON, Spain (Reuters Life!) - U.S. author Martin Cruz Smith has just finished writing the latest in a series of novels about Moscow Detective Arkady Renko, who was played by William Hurt in the 1983 film version of "Gorky Park."

Called "Three Stations," a common name for a main Moscow thoroughfare for millions of commuters on the metro and railway, it is due out in August and delves into the underground world of the legions of homeless children in the Russian capital.

Since Renko's first outing in 1981, the character has witnessed the sweeping changes which transformed the former Soviet Union into modern Russia.

Cruz Smith has also written novels about gypsies, vampire bats and one, "Rose," deals with women working at the coal face in 19th century Wigan, in northwestern England.

Before taking up fiction writing, he tried studying criminology, journalism, selling ice cream and painting, among other occupations.

He spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the Semana Negra (Noir Week) crime-writing festival in Gijon, northern Spain:

Q: Tell us about the latest Renko novel.

A: It begins with a baby being kidnapped, which is pretty rare. People generally dump their kids.   Continued...