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Renko, introduced in Smith's 1981 bestseller, Gorky Park, is a cop well out of sync with rapidly changing Russian society, "a difficult investigator, a holdover from the Soviet era, a man on the skids" whose determination to do more than go through the motions of criminal inquiries inevitably exasperates his superiors. Thus, when this saturnine detective declines to accept the verdict that Ivanov did himself in--who peppered that salt around the capitalist's premises, Renko still wants to know, and what about rumors of a security breach at Ivanov's apartment building?--he is exiled to the Ukrainian Zone of Exclusion, the "radioactive wasteland" surrounding Chernobyl, site of a notorious 1986 nuclear disaster and the place where, only a week after Ivanov's demise, his company's senior vice-president is found with his throat slit. There, among cynical scientists, entrepreneurial scavengers, and predators both two- and four-legged--an exclusive coterie of the rejected--Renko chews over the crimes on his plate. Unfortunately, the dosimeter that warns him of radiation exposure at Chernobyl does not also protect him from a pair of malevolent brothers, or a "damaged" woman doctor offering him mutually assured disappointment.
Smith has a keen eye for the comical quirks of modern-day Russia--its chaotic roadways, voracious appetite for post-communist luxuries, and evolving ethics ("Russians used to kill for women or power, real reasons. Now they kill for money"). And this story's bleakly beautiful Ukrainian backdrop nicely complements the desperate hope of Renko's task. Still, the greatest strength of Wolves Eat Dogs (Smith's fifth series installment, after Havana Bay) is its characters, especially Arkady Renko, who despite his lugubrious nature continues to show a heart as expansive and unfathomable as the Siberia steppe. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A dogged Russian detective is drawn first to the apparent suicide of one of Moscow's newest billionaires and then to the "Zone of Exclusion" around the Chornobyle nuclear... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Lewis
Cynical, melancholy Moscow special investigator Arkardy Renko has a serious problem. One of Moscow's newly minted billionaires has taken a fatal plunge off of a twenty-story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dean hamilton
Moscow in 2003. The most vicious crime bosses and businessmen have killed each other, the truce between the different mafia groups appears to hold, when business tycoon Pasha... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
Not great literature, but an entertaining story well told as we expect from Smith.
I recommend reading the books in this series in the order in which they were... Read more
Interesting and it gives insight to the problems associated with Chernobyl. He also brought in the plight of them that came to the region to flee the war in Chechenya.Published 5 months ago by Puddlejumper
I so very enjoyed the previous Arkady Renko books that I had no compunctions about buying Wolves Eat Dogs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren Laird
Nothing new or exciting about this book. Story is so-so.
I *read* it via the audio version, and I could not get past the Americanized pronounciation of the names!!!!! Read more