Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2)

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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 ...
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Overview

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

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345498175
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Series: Arkady Renko Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 318,084
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

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    One of the best in the series!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2009

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    Arkady Renko returns in top form.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Arkady Renko returns in a tantilizing thriller in the frozen Arctic Sea

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Med cat den

    A stone den with a bunch of stone cabniets for medicine. A rock bed for paients.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Smith wrote pure gold

    Best book ever

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