Book Recommendation: The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith

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Book Recommendation: The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith


The Siberian Dilemma (2019) is the latest novel featuring Moscow Investigator Arkady Renko by the award winning California author Martin Cruz Smith. This is a fast reading book that you may wish to add to your holiday reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.


Martin Cruz Smith

Martin Cruz Smith (born Martin William Smith), American novelist, received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He worked as a journalist from 1965 to 1969 before turning his hand to fiction. His first mystery (Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Nightwing was his breakthrough novel and was made into a movie.

Smith is best known for his series of novels featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko. Gorky Park, published in 1981, was the first of these and was called "thriller of the '80s" by Time Magazine. It became a bestseller and won the Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. Renko has also appeared in Polar StarRed SquareHavana BayWolves Eat DogsStalin's Ghost, and Three Stations.

In the 1970s, Smith wrote The Inquisitor Series under the pseudonym Simon Quinn and penned two Slocum adult action westerns as Jake Logan. He also wrote the Nick Carter: Killmaster series under the alias Nick Carter with Mike Avallone and others.

Martin Cruz Smith now lives in San Rafael, California with his wife and three children.



Books by Martin Cruz Smith


Goodreads Review of The Siberian Dilemma

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Gorky Park and Tatiana comes a breathtaking new novel about investigator Arkady Renko—“one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction” (USA TODAY)—who travels deep into Siberia to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna.

Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s part-time lover, hasn’t seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, he’s positive something is wrong. No one else thinks Renko should be worried—Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments—but he knows her enemies all too well and the criminal lengths they’ll go to keep her quiet.

Renko embarks on a dangerous journey to find Tatiana and bring her back. From the banks of Lake Baikal to rundown Chita, Renko slowly learns that Tatiana has been profiling the rise of political dissident Mikhail Kuznetsov, a golden boy of modern oil wealth and the first to pose a true threat to Putin’s rule in over a decade. Though Kuznetsov seems like the perfect candidate to take on the corruption in Russian politics, his reputation becomes clouded when he’s implicated in the murder of Boris Benz, his business partner and best friend. In a land of shamans and brutally cold nights, oligarchs wealthy on northern oil, and sea monsters that are said to prowl the deepest lake in the world, Renko needs all his wits about him to get Tatiana out alive.

The Washington Post has said “Martin Cruz Smith is that rare phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction.” In the latest continuation of his unforgettable series, he brings us to the inside world of shadowy political figures and big wig oil oligarchs providing us with an authentic view of contemporary Russia, infused with his trademark wit.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Must say, a bit jealous of your reading pace but it goes away when I see my grandson and we spend time! Enjoy your day!

Nov 19, 2019 04:25 AM #2
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847 - Natchitoches, LA

Good Morning Roy,

This sounds llike a great read.  I love mysteries.

Happy Tuesday!

Nov 19, 2019 04:31 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

You had me at the word "Siberian," Roy. This will definitely go on my to-read list.

Nov 19, 2019 04:58 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I thought of Nina and Alexandra the minute I read Siberian. :) Guess, I wasn't wrong judging from Nina Hollander 's comment. 

Nov 19, 2019 08:33 AM #6
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you, Roy Kelley on your latest book recommendation.  I also love
your yellow Chrysanthemum -- perfect flower choice on this Tuesday.

Nov 19, 2019 08:59 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy and Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

I read Gorky Park when it came out and enjoyed the pace of his writing, and never heard of him again, until you brought it up today. I added this one to our list.  A

Nov 19, 2019 10:56 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I wish I had the time and patience to buckle down and read a book for recreation purposes.  I do enjoy watching documentaries, and history programs, but books just seem to require more time than I can devote.  Perhaps, one day!

Nov 19, 2019 11:15 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sounds like an interesting book Roy. I might pick this up as an audible.

Nov 19, 2019 02:42 PM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This long-time author is very well known and really good at how he weaves stories. This book sounds very interesting! Hopefully, I'll get to read it. Thanks, Roy!

Nov 19, 2019 03:58 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Nov 20, 2019 11:37 AM #18
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