Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko #5)
Wolves eats dogs explores the blasted landscape of the exclusion zone around Chernoble, where people not only are still living, but they are surprisingly populous. There are scientists and old peopl...more
This is another in the Arkady Renko series of detective novels, a sort of modern Russian noir. And it’s right up my alley when it comes to entertainment. There’s a murder of an oligarch that seems inscrutable. He was extremely cautious and well—protected. No one can figure out how he was killed ⎯and as is often the case in this genre, no one but our intrepid detective hero with flaws really wants to find out. The more you can sweep this kind of stuff under the rug, the higher you get in the bure...more
I'm reading the gritty yet dream-like Wolves Eat Dogs. It's unlike other crime fiction on the market. Too many books in this genre fall prey to "galloping gore". Thrillers that provide a series of ever-escalating shocks all the while ratcheting up the pace. So much rush-rush designed to obscure the truly bad writing. I mostly avoid those shelves at the bookshop.
But I was stu...more
Renko is an interesting enough character, but I think I preferred him as a rebel against the CPSU, rather than against Putin's New Russia. Although he is in different surroundings, I am not convinced he has changed much from the investigator of the last years of the USSR. The motives of a couple of the villains are a little unclear, as well.
The part of the book with...more
In his fifth book featuring his laconic, down-trodden detective, Martin Cruz Smith is at the top of his game. Wolves Eat Dogs takes Renko, filling his role as Moscow's most dogged and quixotic...more
In Wolves Eat Dogs, a new Russian Billionaire is found dead having plunged from the window of his apartment. On the scene it is quickly confirmed to be a suicide - no investigation required. Renko's observations and questions quickly point out that there are enough oddities to merit some investigation and from the get go Renko is once again not quite following orders.
New in this novel is Zhenya, a boy from an orphanage that Ark...more
“Smith's first Arkady Renko novel, Gorky Park, became a best seller because it offered American readers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a world closed off to them. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, it would seem that Smith had nothing left to write about. But as he proved with Red Square and Havana Bay, the new Russia offers a rich source of material (and crimes). This time cynical but honest senior investigator Renko must deter...more
"Wolves Eat Dogs" is set in the still-glowing horror of post-meltdown Chernobyl where Renko investigates the murder of a prominent "New Russian" that closel...more
In "Wolves Eat Dogs," the fifth in the series, investigator Renko is at the scene of the death of a prominent Russian businessman, who appears to have leaped out his windo...more
The question of...more
This is my first Cruz Smith and definitely not my last. It was a hard book to get through and actually took me several months. It is very grim and dark, but ultimately fascinating. Here’s a review I got from Google search. I don’t know who wrote it, but it covers everything I would say, and said much better than I can say it.
"Arkady Renko returns for his most enigmatic and baffling case: the d...more
In this mystery, initially Renko appeared to be going around in circles, not making any headway in solving Ivanov's death. It wasn't until two thirds of the way into the book that the mystery component reall...more
Cruz sets this story basically in the Russian village of Pripyat, where workers of Chernobyl lived.
There have been haunting photos recently on the internet of Pripyat, an abandoned and forbidden city, over-grown with weeds and officially forgotten. Deserted buildings, vacant schools with books on the floors and forgotten art on...more