Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2)

Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2)

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by Martin Cruz Smith
     
 

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He made too many enemies. He lost his party membership. Once Moscow’s top criminal investigator, Arkady Renko now toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship working with American trawlers in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when an adventurous female crew member is picked up dead with the day’s catch, Renko is ordered by his captain to investigate an

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He made too many enemies. He lost his party membership. Once Moscow’s top criminal investigator, Arkady Renko now toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship working with American trawlers in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when an adventurous female crew member is picked up dead with the day’s catch, Renko is ordered by his captain to investigate an accident that has all the marks of murder. Up against the celebrated Soviet bureaucracy once more, Renko must again become the obsessed, dedicated cop he was in Gorky Park and solve a chilling mystery fraught with international complications.

“Stunning.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Impossible to put down . . . a book of heart-stopping suspense and intricate plotting, but also a meticulously researched, ambitious literary work of great distinction.”
–The Detroit News

“Martin Cruz Smith writes the most inventive thrillers of anyone in the first rank of thriller writers.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Gripping . . . absorbing.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sprung from a state psychiatric hospital, Arkady Renko takes refuge in Siberia, ultimately working on a Soviet factory ship in the Bering Sea. When one of his shipmates is murdered, he's pressed into service. ``Those eagerly awaiting the return of Renko, the saturnine, chain-smoking police investigator from Moscow who appeared in the bestseller Gorky Park , will be glad to know their hero is back in fine form,'' said PW. Author tour. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345498175
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/2007
Series:
Arkady Renko Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
273,220
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Crime novelist Martin Cruz Smith is the bestselling author of Gorky Park, Book One of an eight-novel series starring the Russian investigator Arkady Renko. The book earned him a Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers’ Association. Other series include The Inquisitor Series and the Romano Grey Series. He originally wrote under the name "Martin Smith" but added the middle name "Cruz," after his paternal grandmother, to distinguish his books from those of other authors.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Rafael, California
Date of Birth:
November 3, 1942
Place of Birth:
Reading, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964
Website:
http://www.martincruzsmith.com

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Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting follow up to the events of Gorky Park. Renko, his life and career in ruin, is in exile in Siberia. The details of life on the ship are excruciatingly real. The cast of characters, thrown together under extreme circumstances, is revealed in all the painful bitterness and vulnerability of their humanity. When Renko is called upon to investigate a murder on board the ship, he is caught up in the inevitable conflict between politics and justice, self-preservation and conscience. Renko simply can't stop looking for answers. Couldn't put the book down. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Russian militia investigator Arkady Renko returns after the brilliant international thriller Gorky Park. Author Martin Cruz Smith keeps the tension high and the characters real. Cruz is the master of the intelligent thriller, and his literary creation is the best since George Smiley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that I picked up Gorky Park because that book lead me to its sequel, Polar Star. This book, and character, are so enjoyable its almost hard to describe. While it seems all is at its lowest for underwhelming former investigator, Arkady Renko, the reader knows that somehow things will turn out for Renko. Unlike most serials however, everything isn't always coming roses for the lead and that's a part of this that is fantastic. Great stuff!
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A stone den with a bunch of stone cabniets for medicine. A rock bed for paients.
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