Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko Series #5)

Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko Series #5)

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Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko Series #5) by Martin Cruz Smith, Ron McLarty

ARKADY RENKO RETURNS FOR HIS MOST ENIGMATIC AND BAFFLING CASE:

THE DEATH OF ONE OF RUSSIA'S NEW BILLIONAIRES, WHICH LEADS HIM TO THE ZONE OF EXCLUSION -- CHERNOBYL, AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS, CLOSED TO THE WORLD SINCE THE NUCLEAR DISASTER OF APRIL 1986.

In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic detectives of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko. Cynical, quietly subversive, brilliantly analytical and haunted by melancholy, Renko has survived, barely, the journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find his transformed nation just as obsessed with secrecy, corruption and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship.

In Wolves Eat Dogs, Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence...in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.

Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko on a journey through Chernobyl's netherworld. The crimes he uncovers and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense, unforgettable adventure.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743538343
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 11/16/2004
Series: Arkady Renko Series , #5
Edition description: Abridged, 4 cassettes, 6 hours
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Stalin’s Ghost, Rose, December 6, and Tatiana. 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.

Ron McLarty has appeared on Broadway in That Championship Season, Our Country's Good, and Moonchildren. His film credits include Two Bits, The Postman, and The Flamingo Kid. He has starred on television in Spenser for Hire and Cop Rock. Mr. McLarty is also a novelist and an award-winning playwright.

Hometown:

San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

November 3, 1942

Place of Birth:

Reading, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964

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cdbaker More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Moscow billionaire NoviRus Corporation CEO Pasha Ivanov jumps ten stories to his death. Prosecutor Zurin rules suicide immediately and informs Senior Investigator Arkady Renko that Colonel Ozhoggin, head of NoviRus Security, is coming to check the scene. Arkady thinks the suicide decision is typical of the incompetent Zurin so he looks around the apartment wondering why kilos of table salt are in the closet and on the windowsill as well as blood stains on the sill especially since NoviRus' senior vice-president Lev Timofeyev has a bloody nose from an alleged cold.--- Not long afterward, Lev turns up dead in a Ukrainian cemetery inside the Zone of Exclusion that centers on Chernobyl; his throat sliced and wolves having masticated his face. When Arkady continues to make inquiries, irritated Zurin exiles him to Chernobyl to investigate the Timofeyev death. Inside the still deadly radioactive circle Renko feels he will find the answers to the murders of Ivanov and Timofeyev. Though there is poison everywhere and real wolves prowling, Renko knows that it is the humans who must beware as someone besides his incompetent superior wants him to drop the investigation.--- This terrific Russian police procedural will have fans seeking previous Renko stories (see HAVANA BAY and RED SQUARE, etc.). Renko remains an excellent cop struggling with a difficult case and Zurin. However, what makes this a must read novel is the motorcycle trip within the Zone of Exclusion where a dosimeter is a key eating utensil as one tests radioactive amounts in food and water; ¿residents¿ consist of scientists, soldiers, seniors who could not or would not flee, and lunatic newcomers.--- Harriet Klausner
LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
I was glad to follow along once again with my sturdy investigator Arkady Renko, and to be able to return for a Russian history lesson. I thought this was a complex story that I had to read carefully, but Martin Cruz Smith ensured that all the parts were pulled together to make for an exciting read. I wouldn't rate Wolves as one of Mr. Smith's best novels, but it still was a fantastic read. Highly recommend to all Martin Cruz Smith fans.
IskraCA More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the Renko series and this novel certainly was up to Smith's excellent standard. The author has a fine touch in depicting the Eastern European locale and politics. His characterizations are finely crafted and credible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arkady Renko once again is involved in a murder investigation that brings him into contact with a wondrous mix of the noble and ignoble, taking him to Chernobyl in this action tome. If you saw the movie Gorky Park , it would be hard to imagine anyone but William Hurt on his mission to uncover the person(s) responsible for the murder of Pasha Ivanov, wealthy New Russian. Lots of interaction among the innocent and the criminal and a militia that doesn't seem to want Arkady to really figure out what happened. If you enjoy Martin Cruz Smith's series, this one will assuredly NOT disappoint. (Would that it were a bit longer, though ).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How much are you... she bats her eyelashes.... or would you make a beautiful she wolf such as myself pay she purrs
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panache22 More than 1 year ago
I don't think this is the best in his series, but after I allowed myself to ease into it, I found it very good. Renko is quite the investigator.
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