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Nightwing Paperback – 8 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471131254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471131257
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am very surprised by all the low ratings for this book. I read it as a teenager when it first came out decades ago and have now read it again. It is a very entertaining read which held up well. It is very reminiscent in many ways of Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mystery novels. The atmosphere is very similar, in fact, right down to the Four Corners location and the mysticism of the Navajo and Hopi Indians. There is the social commentary in regard to the exploitation of the tribes for the resources on Indian lands, as mentioned, but mainly this is an old-fashioned thriller only marred by a good but not great ending. Most people who like Jim Chee will like the Hopi, Youngman. Most readers who enjoy the Leaphorn/Chee novels will find a great deal to like here, though it is a switch in genre from the Hillerman series. Perhaps other reviewers who haven't read (or don't like) the Hillerman mysteries, or were expecting another Gorky Park type of work from Cruz were surprised by this earlier work, and it lessened their enjoyment of what really is a good book, an old-fashioned, lean and involving story. It isn't perfect, but it has many good moments to recommend it. A solid four stars and worth a read, but if you don't like Hillerman, you won't enjoy this, as it has the same feel as that series, moved sideways into another genre.
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I've been an admirer of Martin Cruz Smith since Gorky Park and have avidly followed his other Arkady Renko novels.
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.
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By zaphod5 on 21 Oct. 2012
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I bought this after watching the film version - the film I particularly liked having a lot of respect for more "primitive" cultures. Not disappointed at all, the book made a great supplement to the film in my view. As a stand alone book, I'd still recommend this - but I can appreciate it won't appeal to all.
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Re-reading good books after 30+ years makes some even better today. ‘Nightwing” (1977) challenges readers in the opening chapter, set in an Indian reserve in Arizona to read on, because of the strangeness of it all. It describes a meeting between Youngman, an Indian sheriff’s deputy and 90-year old outcast/witch/priest/gas station owner Abner, busily preparing for a ritual aimed at ending the world as it is. A day later Abner is found dead by external impact. Youngman was his only remaining friend and does what he is paid to do, investigate, and a lot more…
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.
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This can't be the author who gave us Red Square,Tokyo Station and other cracking reads.This is embarrassing and,hopefully,his new offering,Tatiana,shows him back on form.
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