Friday, December 15, 2023

Christmas Reading Under The Tree: My Washington Times Christmastime Roundup Of True Crime And Crime Fiction For Aficionados

The Washington Times published my On Crime column on my Christmas roundup of true crime and crime fiction books. 

You can read the column via the below link or the below text:

A Christmastime roundup of true crime and crime fiction for aficionados - Washington Times

This Holiday season, one might want to buy the crime aficionado on your shopping list one or more of this year’s fine true crime or crime fiction books.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best crime books:


Independence Square


I’ve been reading Martin Cruz Smith’s crime novels about his Russian investigator Arkady Renko since his first, 1981’s “Gorky Park.”


Son of a Soviet general, Renko is stubborn, insubordinate and anti-authoritarian, and he bucks Vladimir Putin’s regime just as he did the Soviet regime. He is also a superb investigator.


In his latest novel, “Independence Square,” Mr. Smith covers the days before Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Renko discovers he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease (which the author also suffers from), when he is asked to find a friend’s daughter, an anti-Putin activist. Becoming romantically involved with the girl’s roommate, a Ukrainian Tatar, they search for the girl in Russia and Ukraine and encounter Russian agents and Russian mafia goons.


Martin Cruz Smith
“Independence Square”
Simon and Schuster, 272 pages, $26.99

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