Wolves Eat Dogs (Arkady Renko #5)
In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created an iconic detective of contemporary fiction. Quietly subversive, brilliantly analytical, and haunted by melancholy, Arkady Renko survived, barely, the journey from the Soviet ...more
One of the nouveau millionaires, Pasha Ivanov - head of NoviRus Security - has (apparently) jumped to his death from his 10-story Moscow apartment after exhibiting increasingly peculiar behavior. Renko insists on looking into Ivanov's dem ...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
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
Prvi izlet u stvaralaštvo Martina Cruza Smitha donio je sa sobom podijeljene reakcije s moje strane. Smještaj intrige u postkomunističku zemlju dvadesetak godina nakon stravične nesreće u Černobilu je fantastično pogođen. Strahota koja je zadesila to područje i način preživljavanju u radioaktivnom području je sjajno opisan i zaista čitatelja navodi na detaljnije proučavanje nesreće i na taj dio nemam zamjerke, ali kad se radi o samoj radnji tu već postoje ozbiljni ...more
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
"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
Renko treks to Chernobyl to figure out why a Russian oligarch jumped to his death in Moscow, tries to make friends with an 11-year-old orphan boy who never speaks, and gets himself a toughass Chernobyl girlfriend. Thumbs up on Zhenya (the mute), thumbs down on Eva. I often don't get Renko's girlfriends.
“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
Because Smith's book is a political/crime thriller, the pace is fast, the brutality is frequent, and the plot is thick. But he does address the Soviet government corruption and cover up of the nuclear meltdown as well as that of the Russian mafia after the fall ...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
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
I was not disappointed. The police detective, Arkady Renko, who app ...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