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Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko Series #5)

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Renko Returns

Actually I don't think I had read a Martin Cruz Smith novel since reading (and really enjoying ) Gorky Park years ago. This novel, about the mysterious death of a nouveau riche Russian takes Arkady Renko into the forbidden wasteland around the Chernobyl accident site. ...
Actually I don't think I had read a Martin Cruz Smith novel since reading (and really enjoying ) Gorky Park years ago. This novel, about the mysterious death of a nouveau riche Russian takes Arkady Renko into the forbidden wasteland around the Chernobyl accident site. I'm reluctant to say too much more than that about the story, but reading it made me want to fill in the years of Renko's life between Gorky Park and this novel. I'll be going back and catching up with his whole career.

posted by cdbaker on July 13, 2010

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Renko V

The good news is that Arkady Renko is back, right on schedule. Smith produces a new novel about his classic anti-hero detective about every 5 years. The bad news is that the book isn't much better than the last two in the series ('Red Square' and 'Havana Bay'), which ...
The good news is that Arkady Renko is back, right on schedule. Smith produces a new novel about his classic anti-hero detective about every 5 years. The bad news is that the book isn't much better than the last two in the series ('Red Square' and 'Havana Bay'), which is a quibbling and disloyal criticism of an author who is still head and shoulders above almost any other thriller novelist out there. Even a mediocre Renko book is better than 95% of police thrillers published yearly. Smith set the bar skyscraper high with the first Renko book, 'Gorky Park', which may be the best thriller novel and police procedural ever written in the US. 'Wolves Eat Dogs' contains the usual Renko plot conceits (he's opposed by his superiors as well as antagonists; he's banished to a difficult and dangerous location) as well the usual Renko traits: his doggedness in the pursuit of truth and a knack for making and getting into trouble. Renko is also a hopeless Russian romantic who loves the poetry of Akhmatova and soul-stricken women. In this latest book Smith visits a subject he previously treated in the non-Renko novel 'Stallion Gate': nuclear destruction. Most of 'Wolves Eat Dogs' takes place in the Exclusion Zone surrounding the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine. Like all the Renko books, the action occurs against a fascinating backdrop, in this case the abandoned city and burbs of Pripyat and the rust-red forests of taiga contaminated for the next 75 centuries. The human inhabitants of this hostile region are scientists, squatters, militia, and entrepeneurs, a hardy (or foolhardy) strain of post-apocalyptic remnants. Renko fits right in.

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2004

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