Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

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Arkady Renko returns for his most enigmatic and baffling case:
the death of one of Russia's new billionaires, which leads him to the Zone of Exclusion -- Chernobyl, and the surrounding areas closed to the world since the nuclear disaster of 1986.
In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic detectives of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko. Cynical, quietly subversive, brilliantly analytical and haunted by melancholy, Renko has survived, barely, the journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find his transformed nation just as obsessed with secrecy, corruption and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship.
In Wolves Eat Dogs, Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his posh, ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence: in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.
Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko to Chernobyl and its environs. (No one knows how many deaths resulted from the explosion in Reactor Number 4. The official government figure is just 41, though many experts estimate that the toll was really a half million or more.) It is a ghostly world, still aglow with radioactivity, now inhabited only by the militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists, and some elderly Ukrainian peasants who would rather ignore the Geiger counters than relocate. Renko's journey to this netherworld, the crimes he uncovers there and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense, unforgettable page-turning adventure.
Each of Martin Cruz Smith's novels is a ticket to an unknown world. Wolves Eat Dogs is Smith's most harrowing trip yet.
 

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 November 16, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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In this weird ghost town, where one of Pasha Ivanov’s vice presidents was found with his throat slashed, Renko comes upon squatters, scavengers, savage soldiers, and Eva, a strung-out but sexy physician who treats the radiation wounds of the natives who refuse to leave.

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In his first outing in five years, Arkady Renko (Havana Bay, 1999, etc.) goes to the forbidden zone around post-disaster Chernobyl, where wolves have returned.

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N Martin Cruz Smith's 1981 novel, ''Gorky Park,'' the Moscow inhabited by our hero, the brooding, world-weary Arkady Renko, was a frozen, static place darkened by the long shadow of the Kremlin.

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"Ivanov just asked me to say the Kaddish at the Jewish cemetery," he said, before Renko had him smuggled out of town.

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The Guardian

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Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith 337pp, Macmillan, £17.99 Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow in Gorky Park was, famously, the result of a brief Intourist trip.

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Book Reporter

"Wolves hate dogs," an old man says, then makes a fable --- or a philosophy --- of it: "Wolves hunt down dogs because they regard them as traitors.

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Entertainment Weekly

Intricately plotted, smartly written, and tastefully ghoulish, Smith's new Wolves Eat Dogs chronicles the ongoing travails of Arkady Renko, the cynical Moscow detective Smith introduced in Gorky Park, giving him a stormy new love affair and a creepy brainteaser of a mystery to unravel.

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Arkady Renko long ago achieved the status of an iconic sleuth, his cynicism, melancholy and passion for the truth having earned him and his creator, Martin Cruz Smith, a large, loyal following.

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Bookmarks Magazine

ISBN: 0684872544 "Smith, who is an excellent novelist, makes a great deal of those interesting things to be learned, in a story that doesn’t preach, doesn’t beat readers over the head, but is deeply touching and emotionally involving while giving us a remarkable picture of Chernobyl and its sur...

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