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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 ›
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I read Gorky Park in 1981 or 1982 and loved it. I don't know why it took me so long to get to the second book in the series featuring Arkady Renko, former Moscow police... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by ReVu This
Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I originally read Martin Cruz Smith's Polar Star when it first came out in 1989, having already read his... Read more
Arkady Renko is a complex, fascinating Russian detective, an honest man working within a totally corrupt system. Fascinating.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Laurie Rockwell
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 7 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 9 months ago by L. Rotkin