Sunday, May 18, 2014

Martin Cruz Smith Cover Gallery

I've been a fan of Arkady Renko since reading Gorky Park many, many years ago (and re-read about eight years ago) and try to keep up with any new novels as they come out. In 2013, 13 of Smith's major novels were reprinted alongside his latest novel, Tatiana—the paperback of which is due out

I say 'major' because there was a period when he was churning out westerns under a pen-name, none of which I've read. In fact, Smith has had quite a few books out under pen-names, including action adventure stories as Nick Carter and Simon Quinn.

There's a little more on Smith at Wikipedia and he has an official website, the latter launched in 2010, replacing an earlier website. Neither site offers much in the way of biographical inforamtion, but a search around the web turns up quite a few interviews if you want to know more.

I should add that Martin Cruz Smith was not the name he was born with. That was Martin William Smith and he wrote a number of novels as Martin Smith in his early career. To avoid confusion with other writers with the same name, he added the middle name Cruz and, following the success of Gorky Park, a number of his earlier novels were reprinted as Martin Cruz Smith. I've appended as complete a list of Smith's work as I've been able to compile below. There are still a couple of gaps, but I now have most of his books that have appeared in a UK paperback.

The Indians Won
Star 0352-31071-5, 1982, 221pp.

Gypsy in Amber
Pan 0330-26904-6, 1983, 157pp.
---- [?2nd imp.] 1997.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Canto for a Gypsy
Pan 0330-26903-8, 1983, 159pp.
---- [2nd imp.] 1997, 198pp, £5.99. Cover by Tim Gill
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

The Analog Bullet
Star 0352-31072-3, 1982, 192pp.

Futura 0708-81384-4, 1978, 254pp, 95p.
---- [2nd imp.] 1978
HarperCollins 0006-47908-1, 1994, 254pp, £4.99. Cover by Richard Duckett
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Gorky Park
Pan 0330-36673-X, 1982
---- [12th imp.] 1983, 334pp.
---- [25th imp.] n.d., 334pp, £2.95.
Pan 0330-44888-9, 2007, 581pp.
Simon & Schuster 978-1471-13108-0, 2013, 559pp.

Stallion Gate
Pan 0330-29357-5, 1987, 287pp.
---- [2nd imp.] n.d., 287pp, £2.95.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Polar Square
Fontana 0006-17848-0, 1990, 437pp, £3.99.
Pan 0330-34656-3, 1996, 469pp.
Pan 0330-44925-7, 2007, 470pp.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Red Square
Harvill 0002-71334-3, 1992, 431pp, £8.99. Cover photo by Vladimir Pcholkin
Fontana 0006-47257-5, 1993, 473pp.
Pan 0330-34655-5, 1996, 581pp.
Pan 0330-44936-5, 2007, 582pp.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Pan 0330-34768-3, 1997, 488pp.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Havana Bay
Macmillan 0333-76629-6, 1999, 329pp.
Pan 0330-34002-6, 2000, 453pp.
---- [14th imp.] n.d., 453pp, £6.99. Cover by Christos Magganes
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

December 6 (a.k.a. Tokyo Station)
Pan 0330-48881-3, 2002, 446pp.
---- [4th imp.] n.d., 446pp, £6.99. Cover photo Powerstock/design by blacksheep

Wolves Eat Dogs
Pan 0330-43386-8, 2005, 400pp, £6.99. Cover photos by Corbis/design by blacksheep
Simon & Schuster 978-1471-13113-4, 2013.

Stalin's Ghost
Macmillan 978-0230-01394-0, 2007, 333pp.
Pan 978-0330-44857-4, 2008, 387pp. Cover by Debra Lill
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Three Stations
Mantle 978-0230-71138-9, 2011, 241pp.
Pan 978-0330-44494-1, 2011, 277pp.
Simon & Schuster 978-1471-13116-5, 2013, 348pp, £7.99. Cover photo by David Clapp/Arcaid/Corbis / design by Lewis Csizmazia

Simon & Schuster 978-1849-83811-5, 2013.
Simon & Schuster 978-1471-13254-4, Jun 2014, 336pp.

The Girl from Venice
Simon & Schuster 978-1849-83815-3, 2016 [tpb]
Simon & Schuster 978-1849-83816-0, 2017, 308pp, £8.99. Cover photo by Getty Images


The Inca Death Squad
Tandem 0426-07202-2, 1973, 169pp, 30p. Cover photo

Code Name: Werewolf
Tandem 0426-12802-8, 1973, 167pp, 30p. Cover photo

The Devil's Dozen
Tandem 0426-14357-4, 1974. Cover photo


The Human Factor
Futura 0860-07311-4, 1975, 156pp, 50p. Cover photo (still)

Novels (series: Arkady Renko)
Nightwing. New York, Norton, 1977; London, Deutsch, 1977.
Gorky Park (Renko). New York, Random House, 1981; London, Collins, 1981.
Stallion Gate. New York, Random House, 1986; London, Harvill, 1986.
Polar Star (Renko). New York, Random House, 1989; London, Harvill, 1989.
Red Square (Renko). New York, Random House, 1992; London, Harvill, 1992.
Rose. New York, Random House, 1996; London, Macmillan, 1996.
Havana Bay (Renko). New York, Simon & Schuster, 1999; London, Macmillan, 1999..
December 6. New York, Simon & Schuster, 2002; as Tokyo Station, London, Macmillan, 2002.
Wolves Eat Dogs (Renko). New York, Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Stalin’s Ghost (Renko). New York, Simon & Schuster, 2007.
Three Stations (Renko). New York, Simon & Schuster, 2010. [[originally announced as The Golden Mile]]
Tatiana (Renko). New York, Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Novels as Nick Carter (series: Nick Carter in all)
The Inca Death Squad. New York, Award, 1972; London, Tandem, 1973.
Code Name: Werewolf. New York, Award, 1973; London, Tandem, 1973.
The Devil’s Dozen. New York, Award, 1973; London, Tandem, 1974.

Novels as Martin Quinn
The Adventures of the Wilderness Factory (novelisation of the screenplay). New York, Ballantine, 1976.

Novels as Simon Quinn (series: The Inquisitor)
The Inquisitor #1: The Devil in Kansas. New York, Dell, 1974.
The Inquistor #2: The Last Time I Saw Hell. New York, Dell, 1974.
The Inquisitor #3: Nuplex Red. New York, Dell, 1974.
The Inquisitor #4: His Eminence, Death. New York, Dell, 1974.
The Inquisitor #5: The Midas Coffin. New York, Dell, 1975.
The Inquisitor #6: Last Rites for the Vulture. New York, Dell, 1975.
The Human Factor (novelisation of the screenplay). New York, Dell, 1975; London, Futura, 1975.

Novels as Martin Smith (series: Roman Grey)
The Indians Won. New York, Belmont-Tower, 1970; reprinted as by Martin Cruz Smith, London, Severn House, 1982; New York, Ballantine, 1983.
Gypsy in Amber (Grey). New York, Putnam, 1971; London, Barker, 1975; reprinted as by Martin Cruz Smith, New York, Ballantine, 1982; London, Collins, 1982.
Canto for a Gypsy (Grey). New York, Putnam, 1972; London, Barker, 1975; reprinted as by Martin Cruz Smith, New York, Ballantine, 1983; London, Collins, 1983.
The Analog Bullet. New York, Belmont-Tower, 1972; London, Severn House, 1982.

Novels as Jake Logan (house name; series: Slocum)
#8 North to Dakota. New York, Playboy Press, 1976.
#11 Ride for Revenge. New York, Playboy Press, 1977.

Editor, Death By Espionage. Intriguing Stories of Betrayal and Deception. Cumberland House, 1999.
(* Originally published 25 October 2009; photo of Martin Cruz Smith by Mark Coggins.)


  1. This gallery shows perfectly how large lettering and design supplanted illustration on most book covers. Sad.

  2. I think what annoys me more is how literally the designers have translated the titles. Gorky Park and Red Square are perhaps forgivable as they're locations; but Wolves for Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin for Stalin's Ghost and a train station for Three Stations?

    It's a good thing the same guys weren't involved in the Harry Potter novels; we'd still be waiting for book one while the designers try to find a photo library shot of a philosopher's stone.

  3. However you look at it, a lack of imagination and a failure to suit cover to content. Mind you, publishers who continued to use cover art often did so buying local rights to art agencies' "stock" offerings that had little to do with an author's work other than being within the same genre.



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