Polar Star: A Novel Paperback – Jun 12 2007
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Sprung from a state psychiatric hospital, Arkady Renko takes refuge in Siberia, ultimately working on a Soviet factory ship in the Bering Sea. When one of his shipmates is murdered, he's pressed into service. "Those eagerly awaiting the return of Renko, the saturnine, chain-smoking police investigator from Moscow who appeared in the bestseller Gorky Park , will be glad to know their hero is back in fine form," said PW. Author tour.
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About the Author
Martin Cruz Smith is the bestselling author of the Arkady Renko thrillers Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay and Wolves Eat Dogs, as well as a number of other novels. He lives in California with his wife and three children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Renko was once the Chief Homicide Investigator for Moscow's militia - more or less the 'standard' police force, which saw Renko dealing with the 'everyday'. (The KGB dealt with the really interesting cases). However, following the investigation outlined in "Gorky Park", Renko's life and career has taken a major nosedive. He's been dismissed from the Prosecutor's Office, dismissed from the Party for a lack of `political reliability' and sentenced to a life in Siberia - but only after being kept for psychiatric `observation'. He's found it difficult to make a new life for himself, as his past has always caught up with him. Usually, that costs him whatever job he happened to be doing. He now works as a Seaman (Second Class) on the Polar Star, a factory ship working in American waters between Siberia and Alaska. The operation is a joint Soviet - American venture : the smaller ships, American trawlers, catch the fish, while the Polar Star processes the catch. The Soviets take the fish, while the Americans take the money.
Four months out of Vladivostock, the nets return a little more than the usual catch : the body of Zina Patiashvili. Zina, a pretty blonde who worked in the cafeteria, was well-known onboard. Slava Bukovsky, the ship's third mate, is put in charge of the investigation into Zina's death. However, despite his lack of political reliability, Renko is appointed Bukowsky's assistant by the ship's captain, Viktor Marchuk. The captain makes it absolutely clear he wants no suggestion of a cover-up or a lack of a proper investigation.Read more ›
Of course a murder brings Arkady out of a year of obscurity into the light of day as the discredited former chief investigator. As with Gorky Park we are presented the man of principle against people and a system that really doesn't want to be challenged. After reading Gorky Park, you can't help but wonder why Renko tortures himself by obsessively getting deeper and deeper into the investigation of a young woman's murder.
You will read this because you have identified closely with the character of Renko. The story also serves to be part two of a lesson in Soviet thinking and and indirect commentary of Western capitolism as Communism nears collapse.
I enjoyed the book because of my interest in Renko and the hopes of finding out more of what happened in the days following the conclusion of Gorky Park. A little disappointing was the derth of information of what was transpiring with Irina, his Gorky Park love interest. If a person comes to this book before reading Gorky, they will be somewhat lost.
You might also notice as I did just how little dialogue the character Renko had. He never really enters a conversation, is constantly evasive. While I understood that to be the manner of the investigator's character, I found myself hoping he would just sit down one time and really say something substantial. Conversations always start but are interupted.Read more ›
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The feeling you are there with the characters, the every movement,smell,sound of the ship.
The complex main people. Read more
The second in Martin Cruz Smith's wonderful Russian-themed detective series, Polar Star lives up to the promise of the first book, Gorky Park. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Richard R
I thought this was a very solid follow up to Gorky Park. The characters lot in life and situation make since to me. Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by John G. Hilliard
This is a good story. Murder on the high seas... With a Russian twist. I read this book a while back and can still remember most of the details. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2001 by Sonterro
Martin Cruz Smith again proves himself to be a master story teller. For Americans, the settings and charachters that flourish in Smith's novels are exotic, unforgettable, and... Read morePublished on June 28 2001 by J. Liberty
Smith finds all the right notes in 'Polar Star.' The Arkady Renko character is really unique in popular fiction--a mix of resignation, reluctance, intelligence, and doggedness is... Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Matt Pletcher
I picked up a copy of Polar Star when I was 12 and now, 2 years later, I still think it's one of the best book I've ever read. Read morePublished on May 19 2001 by Nikki Williams
"Polar Star" brings about the very best in contemporary thriller writing. The setting on board the Soviet factory ship is as bleak and unforgiving as you can imagine. Read morePublished on March 7 2001