Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2)

Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2)

by Martin Cruz Smith


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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: 163,358
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky ParkStallion GatePolar StarStalin’s GhostRoseDecember 6Tatiana, and The Girl from Venice. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.


San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

November 3, 1942

Place of Birth:

Reading, Pennsylvania


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964

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Polar Star (Arkady Renko Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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!
Bookmarque on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Renko fascinates me on his own, but combine that with the esoteric world of international fishing, party politics, murder and smuggling and I¿m helpless to put the book down. Even after reading this at least ½ dozen times, it still resonates and there are scenes I cannot get out of my head. I really like Arkady¿s process. He¿s not a genius, but he is persistent, shrewd and diligent. Some things come to him like a revelation out of the ether and some only come after careful analysis, dogged legwork and piecing together of evidence. Sometimes he¿s devious and plays people to get them to do what he wants. Other times he¿s completely off base his inherent goodness blinding him to humanity¿s ugliness. That¿s what makes him so appealing to me; his humanity and vulnerability as well as his toughness and intelligence. No wonder women are drawn to him like iron filings to a magnet.The mystery and plot are good and the danger high as usual. This one isn¿t quite as good as Gorky Park, but it is excellent.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 3 days ago
2nd in the Arkady Renko series.Renko, though he has actually done nothing wrong, is not in high repute in the militia¿after all, he did kill a prosecutor even if it was in self-defense. Stripped of his job and worse, Party card, Renko ¿gets out of town¿¿to Siberia, where the militia will not make any real determined effort to get him. He signs on as a seaman 2nd class, lowest of the low, on a fish factory ship, the Polar Star, that is headed out to the Bering Sea to fish in a joint venture with the Americans. His job? The ¿slime line¿¿cleaning and gutting fish.But when a young woman is hauled up in the nets along with the fish, the captain of the Polar Star, orders a very reluctant Renko to conduct the investigation into her suspicious death.Another excellent story by Smith, set in the Arctic cold of the Bering sea. Along with a very good plot that has a satisfactory number of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, the description of the modern fishing process, with catch trawlers and giant processing ships, is interesting. Again, the matrix of political realities in the post-Brezhnev era (¿restructuring¿) plays an integral part in and adds an enormous amount of interest to the plot. The glimpse we get into Siberian life is fascinating¿hardly the barren exile a Westerner so often thinks of, but a thriving part of the Soviet Union, full of energy and freer from the restraints of the Communist bureaucracy than the rest of the empire.Smith's writing is still up-to-date, even though the date of publication for this novel is 1988.Renko is the only recurring character, and he has assumed the cynicism necessary to survive in his half-world of borderline legality. The other major Russian characters are for the most part well drawn, especially Marchuk, the captain and Karp, the Siberian urka. But the rest tend to be stereotypes; the Americans are caricatures. Still, they serve well enough for a story that is meant to stand or fall on its plot; you¿re in this for the excitement, not for character development.Good entertainment. Highly recommended.
hugh_ashton on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I like Renko as a personality. I am not sure how accurate the descriptions of Soviet life are, or how plausible the characters and events may be - obviously a lot of research has been done, but it reads somewhat like an outsider looking in, rather than an insider writing about their own life.However, it is a wonderfully absorbing story, with a setting that is unique and thrilling in its own right, no matter what the plot or the actual factual accuracy of what is being described. I like the style - some flashes of wit and deadpan humour throughout the book - maybe there are more in the next volume in the series, Red Square, but they are here as well. Certainly one of my favorite Renkos.
jdcage on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Dark, funny, fascinating -- and somehow inspiring. Along with December 6, the best books written by a very gifted author.
punxsygal on LibraryThing 3 months ago
After his disgrace in Gorky Park, senior homicide investigator Arkady Renko has been hiding in Siberia. Polar Star finds him working the slime line on a Soviet factory ship which is working in cooperation with American trawlers in American waters. He hasn't set foot on land in almost a year. The last net of the night comes up bearing the body of a woman missing from the Russian ship. On his captains orders, Arkady unwillingly, painfully is drawn back into his life as a detective. A dark story of Russian life, the cold of the Bering sea and events surrounding one man trying to learn the truth about the death of a co-worker.
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A stone den with a bunch of stone cabniets for medicine. A rock bed for paients.
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