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Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
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Polar Star (original 1989; edition 1989)

by Martin Cruz Smith (Author)

Series: Arkady Renko (2)

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Arkady Renko has made too many enemies and now he toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when a female crew member is picked up dead with the day's catch, Arkady becomes obsessed with the case and once again discovers more than he wants to know and certainly more than he bargained for....… (more)
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Title:Polar Star
Authors:Martin Cruz Smith (Author)
Info:Random House (1989), Edition: 1st, 386 pages
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Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith (1989)

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I thought that Gorky Park was a good start but ultimately a bit hard to follow. Polar Star resolves all of those issues and makes for a really captivating mystery, with surprising, complex characters that really elevate the entire work. Setting the story on a fish butchery, for lack of a better term, floating in the Arctic Ocean could have made for yet another locked room mystery, but Smith strips it away layer by layer to reveal something greater than the sum of its parts. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Almost finished and I'm so happy to have found these books. I love Arkady Renko, and who says Cold War mysteries died with the Fall of the Berlin Wall? Martin Cruz Smith's descriptions and actions of the Soviet Political Officers are so interesting and often, of course, very funny. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
This is a book with great insight into the Cold War between the United States and Russia. It has an unexpected ending. As someone who was born at the end of the Cold War and my only knowledge was through history books, this was helpful in my understanding. Now that we have shows like Deadliest Catch, this was all the more real to me. ( )
  audraelizabeth | Aug 28, 2019 |
Sequel to Gorky Park
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Second book of the series is a bit plodding compared to the first. Perhaps because it takes place on board a Russian fishing trawler, where Renko has been exiled after the incidents described in Gorky Park. Probably worth a reread after all these years, however. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 22, 2016 |
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Arkady Renko has made too many enemies and now he toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when a female crew member is picked up dead with the day's catch, Arkady becomes obsessed with the case and once again discovers more than he wants to know and certainly more than he bargained for....

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