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Review Ö Polar Star ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF E Polar Star a huge fishing factory ship When a young girl is murdered Renko is aske. I m not sure why I delayed getting to this title since I enjoyed Gorky Park so much to which this book is a seuel of sorts Of sorts because it follows directly on the heels of Gorky but the author in a few brief paragraphs lays out precisely why Arkady formerly head investigator for the prosecutor s office in Moscow is now working as a slimer on a factory ship in the Bering SeaIt s good Those who don t like what they view as excessive detail in Moby Dick probably won t like this book either but as you know I wallow in all manner of detail and the descriptive scenes of working on the factory ship were uite interesting particularly when they discover a slime eel hagfish in the body of a Russian woman who was dragged up by one of the accompanying American trawlers it s a joint RussianAmerican business Totally gross Because of his previous investigative experience the captain pulls Arkady from the factory line and has him investigate wanting to have everything kosher for the American observers on board Arkardy is forced to walk a very fine line between those in power who see no reason for an investigation nor do they want one and his innate sense of justice that refuses to accept the official verdict of suicide when all the evidence points in a different direction Everyone lies and everyone has nefarious reasons for doing so It s a world populated by paranoiacs and schemersLots of reflections on Russian society comments like In irony we lead the world which in context is not only amusing but perspicacious And my goodness Smith has a dim view of people in general if his books are any testament

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Review Ö Polar Star ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF D to investigate and enters a case as chilling and gripping as his previous adventur. More than a decade ago I attempted to read a mystery called Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith I couldn t stomach it Though it had received rave reviews it seemed to plod and creak toward very little I tossed it in a box and after several cross country moves I have no clue where it is But before I gave up on Gorky Park a selection from the Mystery Book Club arrived in my mailbox I didn t get home in time to return it and ended up with Polar Star the seuel to Gorky Park in hardbound I was too cheap to get rid of it so I ve been schlepping it around seemingly forever On two other occasions I started to read it but it just didn t resonate with meOf course that was before I visited Belarus Somehow experiencing the world behind the former Iron Curtain gave me a perspective that completely changed my ideas about the book Now I realize that the normally sparse and plodding style and the awkward phrasing was a deliberate trope to emulate Russian grammar and the Russian pace of speaking Once I found myself reading the book as though I were in Belarus although the events in the story itself take place on a Russian factory ship in the Bering Strait I was able to enjoy the book Fortunately the entire book is not sparse in its language There are two vivid images that I am unlikely to forget The first was a reference to painted lead soldiers toy soldiers in the book but they reminded me of some of my experience with painted miniatures in my actual life that had been thrown together in a box until their paint schemes were uneven and patchy with little flecks of metal showing through Investigator Arkady the protagonist suggested that the men who were veterans on the factory ship looked a lot like those neglected soldiers with all their missing paint The second image was a simile of a difficult task being like trying to distill amber from sap uite memorable in my opinionOstensibly the plot is about a female crewmember of the factory ship found dead in the large fish nets transferred from trawler to the mother ship That event is indeed the Ur strand of a complex web of deceit and counter intrigue Realistically it makes good sense because not everything that seems to be related is related Some are minor plots to beat the system Some are major plots that could have inspired the murder Nothing is really certain until the end It is a very tight mysteryYes I ll give Gorky Park another chance if I ever find it and yes I m glad I finally read this one Guess it just goes to show you irrational bias or lack of taste can make you miss something good Maybe this review will cause someone else to reconsider a book they ve previously blocked out

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Review Ö Polar Star ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF In the long awaited seuel to Gorky Park Arkady Renko returns to Russia to work on th. Martin Cruz Smith s Arkady Renko books are a series of mysteries set at various points in late 2oth century Russian history starting with the last death throes of Communism This is the second book in the series I ve read Stalin s Ghost 6 and watched the film version of Gorky Park 1 Here Renko a former criminal investigator has fled Moscow after the events of Gorky Park and is on the run from the KGB After a series of awful jobs he ends up gutting fish on a trawler in the Bering Sea A fellow crew member is murdered and because of Renko s uniue skill set he s asked to help with the investigationWhat sets these books apart for me beyond the glimpses into current Russian society is Smith s exemplary character building of Renko Renko has a uick mind and a dark mordant wit He clearly sees the cracks in the SovietRussian system and he s not afraid to his continual regret to speak his mind and buck authority William Hurt did a credible job in Gorky Park but I picture a young Alan Rickman with the line readings in the book Take a line like Good luck This is how it s written by Smith He doesn t embellish it with he said sardonically or he said cryptically or he said with withering sarcasm Renko s character has been so firmly established that the reader can add his own inflections as he reads the booksThis book offers up plenty of interesting characters Russian and American plot twists and political intrigue The crimes in these books always start off with seemingly grand motivations but usually end up being about something petty and tawdry This is not a bad thingIf you re looking for a nice blend of police procedural mystery and an exotic locale I d recommend this and the other Renko books

  • Paperback
  • 366
  • Polar Star
  • Martin Cruz Smith
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 9780345367655