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Preview — Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith
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
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.
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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.
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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
"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, 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
I am always suspicious of books that have certain reviewers, invariably from left of centre sections of the press, referring them as "literary thrillers", that strange oxymoronic phrase that means nothing.
This novel actually has all the features of "pulp". Yes, it has the on the surface intriguing set up, of an investigation in the Zone of Alienation surrounding Chernobyl, and principally the a ...more
I was not disappointed. The police detective, Arkady Renko, who app ...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
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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