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Polar Star Paperback – June 12, 2007
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Events change quickly for Renko when a young, flirtatious cafeteria worker is scooped up in a fishing net, murdered. Renko is called on by the ship's captain to help assist as Renko is the only person on board with a background in investigation. At first, the officer running the investigation tries to convince everyone it was an accident. But Renko knows better, and finally convinces enough people that he is allowed to investigate independently.
The Polar Star is working on a joint fishing expedition alongside American ships, and the possible suspects include not just Russians, but also, Americans. But as more crew members turn up dead, Renko's job becomes more perilous and his life is in danger. There aren't too many good places to hide on a fishing boat. The last chapters will have you on the edge of your seat!
I am amazed that Cruz Smith can write about Russian characters in a way that penetrates their psyche in such a convincing manner (especially considering he isn't Russian). Polar Star is also fascinating in that it takes place during the tail end of the Soviet Era, and we get a glimpse of how Russian's struggled to "see things in a new way." Usually, this "new way" was contrary to communist doctrine.Read more ›
Eager to keep a low profile, Renko tires to duck out of the duty, but in the end is ordered to comply-thus setting off an a highly atmospheric and very complicated story involving a long cast of characters. Almost immediately, Renko discovers that the woman's woman's death was no accident, and that she was stabbed. However, the implications of this are politically incorrect, and the ship's slimy political officer tries to squash any investigation until to ship returns home to Vladivostok. Yet, a mysterious "ship electrician" somehow manages to ensure Renko's continued involvement, and soon Renko is consumed by the matter.
Renko's quasi-official investigation revolves around trying to understand the dead woman, a Soviet Georgian with a yen for life on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Western consumer goods, Pink Floyd, etc. As Renko pokes around the ship and interviews everyone aboard it and the smaller fishing vessels that accompany it, the plot gets increasingly complicated.Read more ›
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This is my favorite mystery story of all time! I now have it in paperback, hardback, and on Kindle! I hope that Martin Cruz Smith comes to Atlanta, just so I can get him to sign my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is as dark, complex, and compelling as Gorky Park and at least as enjoyable. The atmosphere differs in that this one is more claustrophobic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Rotkin
Hard to put down. When you do you cant wait to pick it up.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the follow up to the Gorky Park novel. The story was as good or better than Gorky Park and for those of you listening to the Audio, the narration was MUCH easier to followPublished 7 months ago by J. S. Schlatter
Excellent insight into Russian Fishing Fleet and Russian political behavior.Published 7 months ago by Paul A. Stokes