Deep in the Moscow subway, Russians moving beneath a world of snow and crime are reporting seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin, standing and staring. And with that plot charge, novelist Martin Cruz Smith is off and running in his latest dark thriller set in the Moscow underworld.
Since his bestselling "Gorky Park" way back in the Cold War days, this detective-story master has mined Russia's half-buried crimes and wounded culture. Now, with Vladimir Putin on the way to see George W. Bush, he's at it again.
This hour On Point: novelist Martin Cruz Smith on deep history, dark Russia, and "Stalin's Ghost."
Martin Cruz Smith, author of "Stalin's Ghost." His previous works include bestseller "Gorky Park."
This program aired on June 25, 2007.