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‘Martin Cruz Smith does more on a page than most writers manage in a chapter. He is unique and irreplaceable’ MICK HERRON, author of Slow Horses


Confined to a desk job by his superiors to keep him out of the way, Arkady Renko is more disillusioned with the general state of Russia than ever. But, despite everything, he has hope. People want change, and politician Leonid Lebedev could be the man to do it.

Tasked by a father with finding his missing daughter, a staunch Lebedev supporter and member of the Forum, Renko is thrown into the heart of a dangerous conspiracy when another member of the Forum is found murdered – Alex, a close friend of his own son.

The night before his murder, Alex sent Arkady a cryptic message, simply containing three pictures of Russian writers. The link between the pictures is there, if only he could see it.

But Arkady has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the disease is taking its toll. This time, he must fight more than the impenetrable Russian regime to get answers – he will also need to fight himself.


‘Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary’ Guardian
‘One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe’ Val McDermid
‘Martin Cruz Smith writes with an immediacy, depth and lightness of touch that is rare in its combination, and impossible to resist . . . Independence Square is no exception, and further crystallises Cruz Smith as one of the finest writers of our age’ Charlotte Philby
‘The undisputed master of the political crime thriller’ Abir Mukherjee
'A moving portrayal of struggle against political and personal tides' New York Times

About The Author

Dough Menuez

Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky ParkStallion Gate, Nightwing, Polar StarStalin’s GhostRose, December 6, TatianaThe Girl from Venice, and The Siberian Dilemma. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award and Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (October 26, 2023)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398510456

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