He made too many enemies. He lost his party membership. Once Moscow’s top criminal investigator, Arkady Renko now toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship working with American trawlers in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when an adventurous female crew member is picked up dead with the day’s catch, Renko is ordered by his captain to investigate an accident that has all the marks of murder. Up against the celebrated Soviet bureaucracy once more, Renko must again become the obsessed, dedicated cop he was in Gorky Park and solve a chilling mystery fraught with international complications.
“Stunning.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Impossible to put down . . . a book of heart-stopping suspense and intricate plotting, but also a meticulously researched, ambitious literary work of great distinction.” –The Detroit News
“Martin Cruz Smith writes the most inventive thrillers of anyone in the first rank of thriller writers.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Gripping . . . absorbing.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
Martin Cruz Smith
About Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith is author of the Arkady Renko thrillers: Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square, as well as the novels Nightwing, StallionGate, and Rose for which he won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives with his wife in northern California and they have three children.