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Book Title: Stella Polare|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.26 MB
v The author of the book: Martin Cruz Smith
Date of issue: 1992
ISBN 13: 9788804356011
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Read full description of the books Stella Polare: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 unique skill set, he’s asked to help with the investigation.
What sets these books apart for me, beyond the glimpses into current Russian society, is Smith’s exemplary character building of Renko. Renko has a quick mind and a dark, mordant wit. He clearly sees the cracks in the Soviet/Russian 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 books.
This 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 thing.
If you’re looking for a nice blend of police procedural, mystery and an “exotic” locale, I’d recommend this and the other Renko books.
Read information about the authorAKA 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 (Gypsy in Amber – 1971) features NY gypsy art dealer Roman Grey and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Nightwing was his breakthrough novel and was made into a movie.
Smith is best known for his series of novels featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko. Gorky Park, published in 1981, was the first of these and was called "thriller of the '80s" by Time Magazine. It became a bestseller and won the Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. Renko has also appeared in Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, Stalin's Ghost, and Three Stations.
In the 1970s, Smith wrote Simon Quinn and penned two Slocum adult action westerns as Jake Logan. He also wrote the Nick Carter with Mike Avallone and others.
Martin Cruz Smith now lives in San Rafael, California with his wife and three children.
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