Polar Star (Arkady Renko #2)
But when a young female crew member is picked up dead with the day's catch, Renko is asked to investigate. He becomes obsessed with the case and once again discovers more than he wants to know...more
Renko's fallen about as far as a man possibly can. From being at the top of his profession as a criminal investigator, he's now working on the slime line on a Russian factory fishing ship i ...more
This is set on a factory ship in the seas off Alaska. This provides tension and claustrophobia to the story..it is very atmospheric. I really enjoyed the comparison between the Soviet ship and the American one. There were spies ...more
It’s good. Those who don’t like what they view as excessive detail in Moby Dick probably won’t like this book eit ...more
In Plar Star, Arkady Renko is working on a fish-processing ship in the Bering Sea. This is his reward for solving a politically sensitive murder investigation in the previous Gorky Park. Renko was a Moscow police investigator during the Soviet regime. His dealings with bure ...more
the book follows arkady renko, who, after some investigation not quite satisfactory to the state, works on a soviet factory ship that works together with american boats on a joint venture.
one day a corpse comes up in the net of one of the factory ship's girls. as the only person on board experienced with ...more
The book is satisfying as a classic murder mystery. It's even more interesting as an exploration ...more
A superb, engrossing, brutal thriller. This is the third Arkady Renko I've read (I read Red Square first, since I owned it, then Gorky Park) and the best of the three so far. Gorky Park dwelt too much on the unlikable Irina. Since I liked Arkady so much, I couldn't understand what he saw in this Siberian hussy. Maybe you have to be male. Irina fortunately doesn't present herself in Polar Star; there are only a few mentions of her. There is a Georgian hussy here, but she's not heinous. In fact, s ...more
The book is set during the time of the Soviet Union, but near the end when there was some cooperation, though utter distrust, between the US and Soviets. While Gorky Park was primarily set in the city of Moscow, Polar Star is the name of a massive factory ship (fish processing) in the Bearing Strait.
The floating city is full of people with pasts who have fled the gover ...more
As usual, Arkady Renko is reluctant to begin a murder investigation--this time into the death of a popular young woman on board the Soviet fish-processing factory ship, the Polar Star.
As he discovers one shady operation after another--smuggling, spyi ...more
That said, Polar Star presented me with a conundrum. I like the Renko character and love the Russian storyline. I can understand why Renko's life has fallen apart and how he landed in horrid circumstances doing one of the worst jobs imaginable. But on the murder front - which is kind of important in a murder mystery ...more
No longer an investigator and with his Party membership revoked, Arkady Renko is effectively a criminal on the run, hiding out in the Bering Sea gutting fish on the 'slime line' of the huge factory ship, Polar Star.
The fishing operation is a joint venture with the Americans, but Glasnost doesn't mean the end of the Cold War as Renko finds his services requi ...more
This is the second Renko book and in this one he finds himself stuck on an Arctic fish factory ship and when a body turns up in the nets who is one of the crew, it is Renko who is called on to investigate.
There are a lot of developing threads and twists in the book along with the fact that on the boat is one of the guys he had caught previously and is looking for revenge. So he has to dodge the potential threat of him and keep hunting for the killer. Then he has the migh ...more
I feel as though the second book in a series is the hardest for an author to write. Will the author be able to match the wit and breadth of their first book? Always a challenge, especially when their first is so good. This is pretty good and enjoyable. No soft spots but not as strong as the first in the series. Prepared to give number three a go at any rate.
Against those high standards, Polar Star is a disappointment. Renko, having dailed to live up to Soviet ideology, has been banished ...more
That, of course, is the highest praise. And to top it off, I am madly in love wit ...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