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.
'Brilliantly worked, marvellously written . . . an imaginative triumph' -- Sunday Times 'Brilliant...enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind' -- The New Yorker 'Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary' -- Guardian 'The story drips with atmosphere and authenticity - a literary triumph' -- David Young, bestselling author of 'Stasi Child' `Smith not only constructs grittily realistic plots, he also has a gift for characterisation of which most thriller writers can only dream' -- Mail on Sunday `Cleverly and intelligently told, The Girl from Venice is a truly riveting tale of love, mystery and rampant danger. I loved it' -- Kate Furnivall, author of 'The Liberation' 'One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe' -- Val McDermid 'Smith can make tension rise through the page like a shark's fin' -- Independent