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Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel (Arkady Renko Novels)

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"In Stalin's Ghost, author Martin Cruz Smith allows the laconic sleuth with the brooding Slavic psyche only his sixth outing in a quarter of a century. But fans of the Renko series focus on quality, not quantity....[A]s is the case throughout the Renko series — despite the neatly crafted plotline Smith spins for us, which includes a blood-soaked World War II battlefield and a pair of corrupt detectives who are also veterans of the war in Chechnya — in the end it's the detective himself (and the country he loves in spite of it all) that intrigue us most." Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

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Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating. Decidedly better than that of Renko, whose lover, Eva, has left him for Detective Nikolai Isakov, a charismatic veteran of the civil war in Chechnya, a hero of the far right and, Renko suspects, a killer for hire. The cases entwine, and Renko's quests become a personal inquiry fueled by jealousy.

The investigation leads to the fields of Tver outside of Moscow, where once a million soldiers fought. There, amidst the detritus, Renko must confront the ghost of his own father, a favorite general of Stalin's. In these barren fields, patriots and shady entrepreneurs — the Red Diggers and Black Diggers — collect the bones, weapons and personal effects of slain World War II soldiers, and find that even among the dead there are surprises.

Review:

"'Moscow-based Senior Investigator Arkady Renko, in his outstanding sixth outing (after Wolves Eat Dogs), investigates a murder-for-hire scheme that leads him to suspect two fellow police detectives, Nikolai Isakov and Marat Urman, both former members of Russia's elite Black Berets, who served in Chechnya. Isakov, a war hero, is now running for public office. Renko must also look into reports that the ghost of Stalin has begun appearing on subway platforms and why several bodies of Black Berets who served in Chechnya with Isakov have turned up in the morgue. Despite repeated threats to his life, Renko stubbornly perseveres, seeking justice in a land that has no official notion of that concept. Smith eschews vertiginous twists and surprises, concentrating instead on Renko as he slowly and patiently builds his case until the pieces fall together and he has again, if not exactly triumphed, at least survived. This masterful suspense novel casts a searing light on contemporary Russia. 250,000 first printing. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

Review:

"Against all odds, art happens. On television, 'The Sopranos' ends in an explosion of blood and poetry that's closer to 'Macbeth' than to 'The Godfather.' On film, Julie Christie, always heartbreakingly beautiful, is both heartbreaking and beautiful in 'Away From Her.' In music ... where to begin? The other night, I returned to an old friend, Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea,' and reflected anew... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"From Gorky Park onward, this series has always been about the perils of digging...the treasures that Renko seeks always contain the seeds of his own destruction. But somehow digging his own grave is what keeps Renko alive — and keeps us reading." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Smith has come up with one of his most accomplished performances yet and, as with each of its predecessors, takes what in essence is a police procedural and elevates it to the level of absorbing fiction." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Smith's latest, exceptional sequel to Gorky Park is in a league of its own....In his remarkable new tale, the history lessons are not dogmatic or strident but suspenseful and, unlike the majority of sequels you read and soon forget, utterly enthralling." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Like all of the Arkady Renko novels, Stalin's Ghost is a page-turning thriller. And like those books, it is most effective when examining a society...that is still a mystery to most outsiders." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"[Smith's] plotlines are a few too many and too convoluted to sustain healthy disbelief....Smith is such a pro — such a good, swift, engaging writer — that you don't begrudge him the excess." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"While the plot goes on to be nastily Byzantine, and the view of contemporary Moscow is painstakingly real, what makes this deathfest a graceful reflection of human passion is the matching arcs of the lives of Arkady and Zhenya, a 12-year-old runaway who finds safe harbor with Arkady." Library Journal

Review:

"Now, more than two-and-a-half decades after meeting Arkady Renko, he is an even more interesting character, living up to the promise that he first showed in Gorky Park. Martin Cruz Smith deserves high accolades for his newest in the series." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Gorky Park's Detective Arkady Renko returns to his Moscow base in Smith's latest entry in the internationally bestselling series about Russian crimes, broken hearts, and the mysteries of the soul.

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About the Author

Martin Cruz-Smith's novels include Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star, and Stallion Gate. A two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain's Golden Dagger Award, he lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743276733
Author:
Smith, Martin Cruz
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Russia (federation)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Moscow (Russia)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Martin Cruz Smith, Detective, Arkady Renko, Stalin s Ghost, Moscow, USSR, cold war, communism, dictator, Joseph Stalin, upernatural appearances, politics, greed, murder
Subject:
Martin Cruz Smith, Detective, Arkady Renko, Stalin s Ghost, Moscow, USSR, cold war, communism, dictator, Joseph Stalin, supernatural appearances, politics, greed, murder
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Center Point Platinum Fiction
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.21x5.39x.93 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Pocket Books - English 9780743276733 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Moscow-based Senior Investigator Arkady Renko, in his outstanding sixth outing (after Wolves Eat Dogs), investigates a murder-for-hire scheme that leads him to suspect two fellow police detectives, Nikolai Isakov and Marat Urman, both former members of Russia's elite Black Berets, who served in Chechnya. Isakov, a war hero, is now running for public office. Renko must also look into reports that the ghost of Stalin has begun appearing on subway platforms and why several bodies of Black Berets who served in Chechnya with Isakov have turned up in the morgue. Despite repeated threats to his life, Renko stubbornly perseveres, seeking justice in a land that has no official notion of that concept. Smith eschews vertiginous twists and surprises, concentrating instead on Renko as he slowly and patiently builds his case until the pieces fall together and he has again, if not exactly triumphed, at least survived. This masterful suspense novel casts a searing light on contemporary Russia. 250,000 first printing. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Review A Day" by , "In Stalin's Ghost, author Martin Cruz Smith allows the laconic sleuth with the brooding Slavic psyche only his sixth outing in a quarter of a century. But fans of the Renko series focus on quality, not quantity....[A]s is the case throughout the Renko series — despite the neatly crafted plotline Smith spins for us, which includes a blood-soaked World War II battlefield and a pair of corrupt detectives who are also veterans of the war in Chechnya — in the end it's the detective himself (and the country he loves in spite of it all) that intrigue us most." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "From Gorky Park onward, this series has always been about the perils of digging...the treasures that Renko seeks always contain the seeds of his own destruction. But somehow digging his own grave is what keeps Renko alive — and keeps us reading."
"Review" by , "Smith has come up with one of his most accomplished performances yet and, as with each of its predecessors, takes what in essence is a police procedural and elevates it to the level of absorbing fiction."
"Review" by , "Smith's latest, exceptional sequel to Gorky Park is in a league of its own....In his remarkable new tale, the history lessons are not dogmatic or strident but suspenseful and, unlike the majority of sequels you read and soon forget, utterly enthralling."
"Review" by , "Like all of the Arkady Renko novels, Stalin's Ghost is a page-turning thriller. And like those books, it is most effective when examining a society...that is still a mystery to most outsiders."
"Review" by , "[Smith's] plotlines are a few too many and too convoluted to sustain healthy disbelief....Smith is such a pro — such a good, swift, engaging writer — that you don't begrudge him the excess."
"Review" by , "While the plot goes on to be nastily Byzantine, and the view of contemporary Moscow is painstakingly real, what makes this deathfest a graceful reflection of human passion is the matching arcs of the lives of Arkady and Zhenya, a 12-year-old runaway who finds safe harbor with Arkady."
"Review" by , "Now, more than two-and-a-half decades after meeting Arkady Renko, he is an even more interesting character, living up to the promise that he first showed in Gorky Park. Martin Cruz Smith deserves high accolades for his newest in the series."
"Synopsis" by , Gorky Park's Detective Arkady Renko returns to his Moscow base in Smith's latest entry in the internationally bestselling series about Russian crimes, broken hearts, and the mysteries of the soul.
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