I have always enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's books, especially the Arkardy Renko stories and this one is no exception. I read and enjoyed the book before I listened to the audio version. My advice to those who want to listen to it is - don't. I don't know why Simon & Schuster did not ask Stephen Lang to do the reading. He read Havana Bay and to my mind is the definitive voice of these books - to the extent that when I re read Havana Bay, his is the voice I hear. Not so with this reading, the pronunciation tends to be sloppy, he pronounces "Arkady" with the emphasis on the wrong syllable. It is very irritating and gets in the way of the story. A good reading adds something to the story. A bad one is a barrier.
So, enjoy the book and leave the audio version. This story focuses on the events at Chernobyl both at the time of the meltdown and the subsequent fallout (no pun intended). Arkady, as usual is at odds with his superiors and is sent off to Chernobyl mainly to get rid of him. Being Arkady though he will get to the bottom of the mystery whatever the odds and it is all resolved in a satisfactory fashion. The area around Chernobyl seems to be benefiting from the absence of people and is a fascinating background to the story. I would give it five stars if the audio version was worth listening to.