From the award-winning, best-selling 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 seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, he’s positive something is wrong. No one else thinks Renko should be worried - Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments - but he knows her enemies all too well and the criminal lengths to which they’ll go to keep her quiet.
Renko embarks on a dangerous journey to find Tatiana and bring her back. From the banks of Lake Baikal to rundown Chita, Renko slowly learns that Tatiana has been profiling the rise of political dissident Mikhail Kuznetsov, a golden boy of modern oil wealth and the first to pose a true threat to Putin’s rule in over a decade. Though Kuznetsov seems like the perfect candidate to take on the corruption in Russian politics, his reputation becomes clouded when he’s implicated in the murder of Boris Benz, his business partner and best friend. In a land of shamans and brutally cold nights, oligarchs wealthy on Northern oil, and sea monsters that are said to prowl the deepest lake in the world, Renko needs all his wits about him to get Tatiana out alive.
The Washington Post has said “Martin Cruz Smith is that rare phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction”. In the latest continuation of his unforgettable series, he brings us to the inside world of shadowy political figures and bigwig oil oligarchs providing us with an authentic view of contemporary Russia, infused with his trademark wit.
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- M. Ashmore
Martin Cruz Smith's worst book.
This is not a mystery novel or a spy novel or anything resembling what I at minimum expect from a Arkady Renko novel. The focus of the book is; first ,whether his girlfriend, Tatiana, is two-timing him with a wealthy oligarch and second bear hunting. On the second issue I can't tell whether men are hunting for bears or bears are hunting for men. Either way Mr. Smith and his editor know so little about bears they may be doing a disservice to man and bear.
I have read all the books in this series and the stories vary in quality. Gorky Park stands out as a star and all the others are easy reads. However this is unacceptable and the last Martin Cruz Smith novel I will purchase.
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- Kathy Fearn Richter
Not his best work
When I was done listening I had to see if I had just heard an abridged version of the book. There were times, too many times, when the chapters abruptly ended. Had the feeling that the author was just going through the motions.
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