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Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

Wolves Eat Dogs (2004)

by Martin Cruz Smith

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Series: Arkady Renko (5)

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A great finish and end ... but very hard to follow in between. A high profile mobster commits suicide (at least everyone thinks so) but Arkady needs better proof and the Whys answered. He spends most of the novel in the danger zone of Chernobyl, Ukraine, trying to find answers. This is actually the most interesting part to me; what life is like in a radioactive zone. Language a little rough for my tastes and the overall feeling more dark than his usual stuff, I still like MCS a lot. ( )
  repb | Aug 29, 2015 |
Cynical, melancholy Moscow special investigator Arkardy Renko has a serious problem. One of Moscow's newly minted billionaires has taken a fatal plunge off of a twenty-story condominium - suicide or murder? As Renko dryly observes "We prefer suicides. Suicides don't demand work, or drive up the crime rate."

In his fifth book featuring his laconic, down-trodden detective, Martin Cruz Smith is at the top of his game. Wolves Eat Dogs takes Renko, filling his role as Moscow's most dogged and quixotic gumshoe, from the heady environs of the new Russian elite down a twisted, wayward path into a deadly quietly radioactive heart of darkness, the 30-mile Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl.

Tautly written, intriguing and quite frankly offering a more humane glimpse of the Russian pysche then western fiction typically offers, Wolves Eat Dogs is a terrific and unique mystery, with Renko, as ever, leading the reader deeper and deeper into uncharted territory - in this case, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with its eerie abandoned towns, burgeoning wildlife, icon-thieves, corrupt car parts dealers and obsessive scientests. Smith weaves an involving and immersive mystery with first-rate characters and plotting, in a very unique setting. ( )
  Hanneri | Apr 23, 2015 |
When the wealthy physicist plunges to his death from his penthouse window Investigator Akardy Renko suspects foul play but without enough evidence the case is determined as suicide. A short time after another body is discovered in the restricted zone surrounding Chernobyl and it appears the two deaths are related. Renko is dispatched to the area to do some investigating and manages to find himself plenty of trouble.
Renko is a likeable , somewhat flawed character, seemingly unable to make smart decisions, who somehow makes it all right in the end ( )
  TheWasp | Aug 10, 2014 |
Is a pretty good book sounds interesting since the begining but gets more interesting after chapter5. I will not put any spoilers, so do not worry... I did not read [b:Gorky Park|762806|Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1)|Martin Cruz Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1390189430s/762806.jpg|90322] or any of the other books with Arkady Renko, as a matter of fact i never read [a:Martin Cruz Smith|8258|Martin Cruz Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1252590168p2/8258.jpg] before, but I like it the narrative, also the story is very impressive, Cruz Smith details the story of Chernobyl and it´s survivors in such a way that make your spine shiver sometimes, the books gives you fiction and a glimpse of history, a history that is not that much in the past..... ( )
  CaroPi | Jun 22, 2014 |
This is the fifth in Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series, and it's outstandingly good - a return to the form of the first in the series, the famous "Gorky Park".

Renko is the classic god cop in a bad place: dogged, incorruptible and determined on uncovering the truth whatever the cost to himself. What lifts this book to heights the previous few entries in the series haven't matched in that much of it is set in the Zone of Exclusion around the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Smith does a great job of describing the eerie setting, teeming with wildlife but also home to scientific research teams and fugitive humans.

While it's not enormously hard, once the Chernobyl section of the book gets underway, to work out whodunnit, that really doesn't matter in this case - and how Renko saves his skin (or rather has it saved for him) provides the twist I didn't see coming. A tremendously good read even if you are not especially fond of thrillers. ( )
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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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"Why would anyone jump out a window with a saltshaker?" A good question, especially when the suicide victim is Pasha Ivanov, a Moscow physicist-turned-billionaire businessman--a "New Russian" poster boy, if ever there was one--with several homes, a leggy 20-year-old girlfriend ("the kind [of blonde] who could summon the attention of a breeze"), and every reason to be contented in his middle age. So, wonders Senior Investigator Arkady Renko, in Martin Cruz Smith's Wolves Eat Dogs, what provoked Ivanov to take a header from his stylish 10th-floor apartment? And how does it relate to the shaker clutched in his dead hand or the hillock of table salt found on his closet floor?

Renko, introduced in Smith's 1981 bestseller, Gorky Park, is a cop well out of sync with rapidly changing Russian society, "a difficult investigator, a holdover from the Soviet era, a man on the skids" whose determination to do more than go through the motions of criminal inquiries inevitably exasperates his superiors. Thus, when this saturnine detective declines to accept the verdict that Ivanov did himself in--who peppered that salt around the capitalist's premises, Renko still wants to know, and what about rumors of a security breach at Ivanov's apartment building?--he is exiled to the Ukrainian Zone of Exclusion, the "radioactive wasteland" surrounding Chernobyl, site of a notorious 1986 nuclear disaster and the place where, only a week after Ivanov's demise, his company's senior vice-president is found with his throat slit. There, among cynical scientists, entrepreneurial scavengers, and predators both two- and four-legged--an exclusive coterie of the rejected--Renko chews over the crimes on his plate. Unfortunately, the dosimeter that warns him of radiation exposure at Chernobyl does not also protect him from a pair of malevolent brothers, or a "damaged" woman doctor offering him mutually assured disappointment.

Smith has a keen eye for the comical quirks of modern-day Russia--its chaotic roadways, voracious appetite for post-communist luxuries, and evolving ethics ("Russians used to kill for women or power, real reasons. Now they kill for money"). And this story's bleakly beautiful Ukrainian backdrop nicely complements the desperate hope of Renko's task. Still, the greatest strength of Wolves Eat Dogs (Smith's fifth series installment, after Havana Bay) is its characters, especially Arkady Renko, who despite his lugubrious nature continues to show a heart as expansive and unfathomable as the Siberia steppe. --J. Kingston Pierce

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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 April 1986." "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. 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 page-turning adventure."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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