Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith
An Arkady Renko Novel

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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.

About Martin Cruz Smith

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Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Stalin’s Ghost, 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.
Published June 12, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

STALIN'S GHOST Martin Cruz Smith As detective Arkady Renko investigates the appearance of Joseph Stalin's spirit on a Moscow train, the dogged cop is also forced to confront some more personal ghosts in Martin Cruz Smith’s Stalin’s Ghost.

Jun 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Ren...

Bookmarks Magazine

In his sixth appearance since 1981’s Gorky Park (and after 2005’s Wolves Eat Dogs), Moscow detective Arkady Renko still smokes too much, flounders in relationships, and ignores the direct orders of his more politically minded superiors.

Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Ren...

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