Martin Cruz SmithA s a misjudgment it was perhaps not quite on the same scale as the man who turned down The Beatles, but when Martin Cruz Smith's publishers declined his idea for a story about a Russian detective, they unwittingly let slip one of the global publishing successes of the past 25 years. From the opening section where three bodies, their faces and fingertips removed, emerge from the Moscow snow, the story is an exemplary page turner. More importantly, it helped establish ambitious expectations for the genre - that thrillers should be psychologically convincing, socially observant and politically sophisticated - that have since become commonplace. Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary. British crime writer Val McDermid says he is "one of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe". She says Gorky Park signalled how the genre could develop and he has gone on to write about "places most of us have never visited but which we think we know something about from the headlines.
Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith
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In , he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing degree. Unlike many young writers, William knew what he wanted to do in life so he took the very first opportunity he got as a writer. The budding writer was recruited by the Associated Press in Pennsylvania as a sports journalist but he often fell asleep during meetings; something that forced him to quit and seek new pastures elsewhere. On the 15th day of June , Cruz got married to Emily Arnold — a chef, only to be fired towards the very end of the same year. Putnam, a publisher, with an idea of a mystery story.
Nightwing is a thriller novel by Martin Cruz Smith , who adapted it for a film with the same title directed by Arthur Hiller. A disgruntled, disenfranchised Hopi shaman sets out to "end the world" by way of a ritual invocation of the Hopi god of death. Shortly after his mutilated corpse is discovered by a skeptical Tewa deputy the body count begins to rise as more strangely slashed and bloodied victims are found.
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Martin Cruz Smith born November 3, is an American mystery novelist. He is best known for his eight-novel series on Russian investigator Arkady Renko , who was first introduced in with Gorky Park. Martin was educated at Germantown Academy , in Germantown Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, then at the University of Pennsylvania , also located in Philadelphia, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing in From to , Smith worked as a journalist and began writing fiction in the early s. Canto for a Gypsy , his third novel overall and the second to feature Roman Grey, a gypsy art dealer in New York City , was nominated for an Edgar Award.