Nightwing Paperback – 8 May 2014
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About the Author
Martin Cruz Smith is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the Arkady Renko thrillers: Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin's Ghost and Three Stations. A recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger award for fiction in the UK, he is also two-time winner of the Hammett Prize in the United States. He lives in northern California with his wife and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
So,I have been doing what I usually do,namely follow the author and backtrack to all his other books.
The Gypsy series wasn't bad but Nightwing is just awful unless you have a desperate need to learn about vampire bats and horrific ways to spread bubonic plague.
Cruz Smith doesn't seem to decide whether he is a mystery writer or a pseudo medical horror novelist...
Stay away from this book.
This thriller is the fruit of (perhaps) personal acquaintance with living in an Indian reservation in Arizona and a great deal of research on Navajo and Hopi history, religion and livelihoods, and immunology, rabies and plague. Plus politically-charged subjects like native Indian rights to land, water and mineral resources amidst destitution, drugs & alcohol and horrendous health indicators. And finally, about life in a desert brimming with live creatures becoming host and habitat for a swarm of immigrants from South of the Rio Grande, predatory, highly intelligent vampire bats…
Youngman is an ex-convict operating in a dismal social environment where few people trust him and he trusts no one, much like Arkadi Renko, MCS’s hero of 8 books situated in the (former) Soviet Union and its sphere of influence. There, readers were struck by the authenticity, suffocating atmosphere, the smells almost that his writing evoked. This precursor has all the same qualities plus careful plotting, awesome descriptive powers of natural phenomena and great dialogue. A rich classic.