Today I read Gypsy in Amber by Martin Cruz Smith. It was was Martin Cruz Smith's first novel. I read it as a part of my read everything Smith has written program. He's a great writer and I have enjoyed his books. This book is particularly interesting because it demonstrates how much the author has improved in his later novels. While it won an award as a best first novel, it is clearly an early work. The plot has gaps which are unexplained and perhaps unbelievable. Something that never occurs in his Arkady Renko stories.
I knew almost nothing about Gypsies. And I found the story to be a veritable fount of information about the gypsy culture. So much so, that I wondered if telling the Gypsy culture story sometimes interfered with the primary storyline.