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The Siberian Dilemma

(Arkady Renko #9)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  35 reviews
From the award-winning, bestselling author of Gorky Park and Tatiana comes a breathtaking new novel about investigator Arkady Renko—“one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction” (USA TODAY)—who travels deep into Siberia to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna.

Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s part-time lover, hasn’t(USA
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Simon Schuster
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    What a joy to see the return of the iconic Arkady Renko in his 9th outing by Martin Cruz Smith set in the terror and tyranny of Putin's Russia, symbolised by the bear, a brutal corrupt kleptocracy of oligarchs, dirty politics, torture and murder, where any threats to the regime are dealt with a cold ruthlessness. Renko goes to meet his sometime lover, the Russia Now journalist, Tatiana Petrovna, at the railway station, but she does not turn up. She has been on a assignment in Siberia, and he is ...more
    Kylie D
    Jaded Moscow investigator Arkady Renko returns in The Siberian Dilemma, many years after he made his debut in the famed Gorky Park. Having read, and loved, other books in this series I was more than happy when this latest offering arrived on my doorstep.

    In this book Arkady's lover Tatiana, an investigative journalist, has failed to return from an assignment in Siberia when she said she would. She's not answering her phone, and even her boss is unsure where she is, saying she often goes over tim
    This ninth novel in Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series takes place mostly in Siberia where Arkady is sent to prosecute a Chechen charged with trying to assassinate Arkady's boss, Prosecutor Zurin. While he is there Arkady also tries to find his missing sometime lover, journalist Tatiana Petrovna. She had gone to Siberia several weeks before to interview oil rich oligarch Mikhail Kuznetsov, a presidential candidate hoping to oust Putin, making himself a target for the Kremlin to remove one way or a ...more
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    In the latest of the Arkady Renko series, Arkady is scouring the railway station for his occasional girlfriend, the investigative journalist Tatiana Petrovna. According to her timetable, she was due back from an assignment in Siberia today, but Arkady can find no sign of her at the station. Tatiana is working for the radical magazine "Russia Now" and the editor tells him she is doing a story on Mikhail Kuznetsov, the so-called “hermit billionaire.” Kuznetsov has plans to run against Vladimir Put ...more
    Keith Currie
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Smarter than the average bear

    Arkady Renko appears to be ageless. So many years on from Gorky Park, he is still sleuthing away, making enemies of very powerful people, making a nuisance of himself in Putin’s Russia – and surviving to fight another day.

    In The Siberian Dilemma we are plunged into the world of corrupt politics and powerful energy barons or criminal oligarchs. The exploitation of the Siberian taiga is the theme, as well as an expose of contemporary Russian pol
    David Wasley
    Dull, lacking political and social atmosphere and no action. Time for Arkady Renko to retire. On the plus side, it is a short book.
    I want to go to Siberia. Words I never thought I’d write. That is the power of a first-rate crime novel. It immerses you in its surroundings with visceral immediacy. It makes you want to see for yourself. Perhaps more than any other genre, crime fiction is often defined by its spirit of place. The city or setting must be a character in itself. Martin Cruz Smith understands this better than most.

    Thirty-eight years ago, with 1981’s Gorky Park, Smith became a literary superstar as he introduced th
    The Siberian Dilemma is the ninth book in the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith and the book that introduced me to this author and these characters. Which makes me wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more had I been acquainted with these characters before.

    Arkady is an investigator for the prosecutor's office in Moscow and one of the few honest officials who knows the extent of corruption in the Russian judicial system. He is sent to Siberia to indict a man, Aba Makhmud, f
    Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘Arkady was an Investigator of Special Cases, and if a bear running loose in the heart of Moscow was not a special case, he didn’t know what was.’

    Arkady Renko is worried. His lover, journalist Tatiana Petrovna, has been on assignment for over a month, and doesn’t arrive home on her scheduled train from Irkutsk. Renko is convinced that something is wrong, but no-one else seems concerned. Could one (or more) of her numerous enemies have silenced her?

    Renko’s boss Zurin wants
    Steven Z.
    A number of years ago novelist Martin Cruz Smith introduced readers to Moscow detective Arkady Renko in his landmark work, GORKY PARK. Since that time Smith has developed the reputation as the premier practitioner of the Russian crime novel that includes POLAR STAR, STALIN’S GHOST, TATIANA, and WOLVES EAT DOGS. Smith’s latest and ninth rendition of the Renko series is THE SIBERIAN DILEMMA which measures up nicely with his previous work, but it is a bit understated and does not rise to the level ...more
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    5 stars

    Arkady Renko is an investigator for the Prosecutor's Office in Moscow. There is talk about sending him to Cuba, mostly by his boss who does not like him. Arkady is not thrilled about the idea, but neither is he too worried.

    His girlfriend Tatiana Petrovna is missing. Or is she? She is overdue to arrive home and with all the death threats against her, Arkady is worried. He learns that she is in Irkutsk in Siberia with an oligarch named Mikhail Kuznetsov who is labele
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4 stars for another enjoyable read by Martin Cruz Smith. This is #9 in the Arkady Renko series and it can be read as a stand alone, but would probably work better if you have read the previous books in the series. Arkady is a police investigator for the Moscow Police. His supervisor is Prosecutor Zurin, who is a cunning, ruthless man willing to break the rules if it helps his career. Arkady, on the other hand, is a honest man who struggles to do the right thing in Putin's corrupt Russia.
    David Hill
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    I like the Arkady Renko stories. I'm always happy to see a new one published and they always enter my "to read" list at the top. My reading habits have certainly changed over the decades: I'm sure it took me a couple of weeks to read Gorky Park. This one was just two days. But I'm pretty sure the difference isn't solely down to me. This one weighs in at 275 pages including the acknowledgments. However, each of the 43 chapters starts on an odd-numbered page, meaning that about 20 pages are blank. Each ...more
    David Knadler
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Arkady Renko would have to be in his mid-60s now (his first appearance in Gorky Park was in 1981), but he's aged suspiciously well. Well, fictional detectives can't really afford to age badly, can they? As a man of about the same age, I'm happy to suspend my disbelief on this point.

    In The Siberian Dilemma, Renko remains as stoic and laconic as ever, retaining the dry sense of humor that, along with vodka, keeps Russians from mass suicide. Here, we are in Putin's Russia, which has not changed muc
    Miss R
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

    The enduring and irreverent Arkady Renko is back in this compelling new novel from Martin Cruz Smith. This time Renko must navigate Putin’s Russia and the Siberian tundra to find his intrepid girlfriend Tatiana, a journalist, hot on the the heels of an expose about Russia’s oligarchy.

    In this novel Cruz Smith has provided a masterful commentary on Putin’s Russia that is both sobering and enthralling. Cruz Smith navi
    Kathleen Gray
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a treat to have a new Arkady Renko novel! Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier installments- you'll be fine with this one (but fans like me, who have read all of them will be even happier). Renko, an ace investigator who simply must find and tell the truth even in the corrupt Russian legal system (it's not a justice system that's for sure) in which he works. This time out, he finds himself sent to Siberia to interrogate and insure that a young Chechen is locked up for an alleged atta ...more
    Lillian Cummings
    Arkady is an investigator of special cases in Moscow who just seems to get into trouble no matter what. His girlfriend Tatiana is missing but no one seems to be worried as she is a journalist that goes off the grid but this time he knows that there is something wrong so when he is giving an assignment that will take him to Siberia he knows that he might be able to find Tatiana but will she be happy to see him? On the way there he meets Bolot someone that will save his life and get him out of Sib ...more
    Tony Nielsen
    Martin Cruz Smith introduced us to Moscow cop Arkady Renko way back in his first novel "Gorky Park". "The Siberian Dilemma" is now the ninth in the Renko series. As usual Arkady's relationship with his superior is strained, and he reluctantly accepts a temporary posting to Siberia to find out what his boss needs to know.

    The climate and conditions are every bit as bad as you've heard about Siberia, and Arkady Renko is not pleased to be there, especially as he seems to have landed in t
    Ralph Blackburn
    The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith-In Arkady Renko's ninth outing, we find him drawn to the frigid wastes of Siberia to locate his journalist lover. Most of the first half of the book is a travelogue of the oppressive climate and its exotic inhabitants. But we've seen this kind of thing before when he traveled to Havana, the Arctic seas, Chernobyl(my favorite!), even the Moscow train stations. Never boring but sometimes you just want something to happen instead of the plodding investigato ...more
    John Mccormick
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    My thanks to the Author publishers and NetGalley for providing a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.
    This is the ninth book in the excellent Arkady Renko series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel, and would be a simple introduction to the character who right up there with my all time favourites. As with all the series the book is well written, atmospheric authentic and compelling. Our hero is sent to Siberia fortunately to investigate a seemingly open and shu
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    I wasn't expecting this novel, and it was such a pleasant surprise when I learned it had been published. I waited patiently for a copy to become available at the library, and, when I had it in my hands, I interrupted what I was reading and dug in for a trip to Russia and Renko.

    It's 274 pages, but I was somewhat alarmed by the wide margins (top, bottom, sides) and the spacing between lines. It seemed to me that there is a lot of padding...lots of things described/explained that perhap
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss, thriller
    I don't think that Martin Cruz Smith could be able to write a bad book and this novel confirms my opinions.
    It's gripping, fascinating and kept me on the edge till the end.
    I was happy to meet again Arkady and was fascinated by the description of Siberia.
    It was a great read, highly recommended.
    Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I have not read Cruz Smith for a while. Arkady never disappoints. And the best thing is there is no padding. It is a straightforward story well-told. Strong characters and believable scenarios--even the mystical/mythical ones!
    Joe Jones
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I read book 1 way back when and somehow never got back to this series. Surprisingly, I never felt lost in this one and fell right back into the story and characters. Now I have to decide if I want to go back and catch up on this series.
    Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
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    Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Siberian bore

    Maybe the shaman that gave Renko back his soul and cured him, would give mr. Smith his soul back and help him write as before
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Very creative writing.
    Interesting characters and development.
    Intense descriptions of the activities.
    Surprise ending.
    Very well done.
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Another great Arkardy Renko book. I look forward to the next in a great series!!!!! If you’ve never read them, start with Gorky Park and you’ll be hooked!
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

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    Cristie Underwood
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
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    AKA Simon Quinn, Nick Carter.

    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 (Gy

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