NOVEMBER 3, 1942


Born in Reading, Pennsylvania (PA), his father was a jazz musician; his mother a nightclub singer. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts (creative writing) from University of PA in 1964. From 1965-69, Smith worked as a journalist before writing fiction in the early 1970s. He wrote 2 Slocum adult action Western novels (pen name Jake Logan), a series about a James Bond-type agent employed by the Vatican, a science fiction novel, The Indians Won, and 2 novels in the Nick Carter series. Smith is best known for his novels featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko whom he introduced in Gorky Park (1981) which won the British Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award. During the 1990s, Smith won the Dashiell Hammett Award for Rose (1996) and Havana Bay (1999). In 1995, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2010, Smith and Arkady Renko returned to the top of the New York Times bestseller list in Three Stations. His most recent novel featuring Renko is The Siberian Dilemma (2019).

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Photo:  Mark Coggins, 3/25/2011.  Permissive use under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license,

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