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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.
I thought I remembered liking it, but now I'm not so sure, at least if it was anything like this book.
Martin Cruz Smith has written a masterful tour of one of the strange planets that co-exist with our familiar reality.
I love Martin Cruz Smith's writing, and he has really created an interesting character in Arkady Renko.
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 1 month ago by Puddlejumper
I so very enjoyed the previous Arkady Renko books that I had no compunctions about buying Wolves Eat Dogs. Read morePublished 3 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
Great read. Captivating characters and settings. Renko continues to survive inspire of himself.Published 4 months ago by J. E. Westbrook
Not sure how I missed this one, but to see Renko's growth and the trouble he finds himself in, is always a treat for me. Have loved the character since Gorky Park. Please Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William A Mastrandrea
This was my first ebook.
Liked the story (as I have many of Smith's work).
Also liked the ebook format.