Cruz Smith on the Cover of the NYT Book Review

Three Stations, Martin Cruz Smith’s seventh Russian mystery, coming out next week, gets the cover of this Sunday’s NYT Book Review, with a review from fellow espionage writer, Olen Steinhauer (who has gathered some pretty impressive reviews himself for The Nearest Exit, Minotaur, May), saying that,

…[Smith’s] observations have helped elevate [his] Russian novels to the level of social criticism, which great crime fiction has always done well. Like the luminaries of the genre, Smith is at heart a deeply moral writer, and beneath his wry, cynical tone you can feel his authorial anger twitching a safe distance away.

But, he is kept fromt falling into sermonizing or sentimentality by Smith’s main character,

Arkady Renko, an ironic, self-effacing Militsiya investigator cursed with a level of persistence that would have killed most characters years ago.

Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel
Martin Cruz Smith
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2010-08-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0743276744 / 9780743276740

Simon & Schuster Audio, UNABR; Read by: Ron McLarty; 9780743596893; $29.99
Recorded Books; UNABR; Narrated By: Henry Strozier; 8/17/10; 9781449818586; $72.75
Center Point Large Print; 10/1/10; Hardcover; 9781602858688; $35.95

Also reviewed is Norwegian Per Petterson’s  I Curse the River of Time, the next book after his surprise best seller, Out Stealing Horses, It has been picking up strong reviews elsewhere (including today’s NYT).

Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers, makes you want to read Everything by Kevin Canty, “There is a lot of booze and heartbreak in the book, yet it is full of optimism and humanity.”

Everything: A Novel
Kevin Canty
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese – (2010-07-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0385533306 / 9780385533300

Marilyn Stasio reviews four titles in her Crime column. Also included is a section of children’s reviews.

In Best Sellers, the unauthorized bio of Angelina Jolie by Andrew Morton hits the nonfiction list at #3 and Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars debuts at #6. Phillipa Gregory’s Red Queen arrives at #2 on the fiction list.

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