Stalin's Ghost (Arkady Renko #6)
The plot, however, was good enough to pull me along and the description of the chess match was superb.
Solita costruzione magistrale della trama, ben costruiti i personaggi che erano presenti anche nel precedente libro (Lupo Mangia Cane) e sempre ottimo il personaggio principale che con la sua malinconi...more
It wouldn't be me if I didn't go overboard but...I think these are the most amazing books, and Renko is perhaps the most intriguing detective (pardon: "Investigator".) since Sherlock Holmes, or whomever you consider to be an...more
This pretty much sums up the entirety of what *I* would call the sixth and best book of the Renko series (Gorky Park) to date, and in my estimation, that's saying something. The theme of Stalin's Ghost is the unwelcome surprise our exhumation of the past can entail, a theme borne out casually throughout a book in which the game of...more
I enjoyed the brief interludes into Renko's childhood, particularly his relationship with his fathe...more
His sixth Arkady Renko novel in 26 years, Martin Cruz Smith has produced a suspenseful page-turner packed full of vivid characters, clever dialogue, and hair-raising plot twists. In addition to a gripping mystery, readers will embrace the detailed, harrowing descriptions of the harshness and violence of life in the "New Russia." Critics unanimously praised Smith's sobering depiction of contemporary, post-Communist Russia; indeed, the country emerges as a character in its own right. The Wall Stre...more
“Stalin’s Ghost” revolves around the war in Chechnya without giving any historical or political insights. It is set in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a prime setting for crime and corruption. This is the fifth novel in the ser...more
In any event, I recommend STALIN'S GHOST. It is a quick read, and fun. There is love, intrigue and suspense. Arkady Renko, Smith's protagonist, is complex and the flashbacks to his father (one of Stalin's favorites) are chilling on several levels.
Readers who enjoy the crime genre will find a lot to like in this b...more
Martin Cruz Smith (born Martin William Smith), American novelist, received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He worked as a journalist from 1965 to 1969 before turning his hand to fiction. His first mystery (Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Nightwing was his breakt...more