Polar Star (2020)

Polar Star Martin Cruz Smith Polar Star In the long awaited sequel to Gorky Park Arkady Renko returns to Russia to work on the Polar Star a huge fishing factory ship When a young girl is murdered Renko is asked to investigate and enters
  • Title: Polar Star
  • Author: Martin Cruz Smith
  • ISBN: 9780345367655
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
Polar Star Martin Cruz Smith In the long awaited sequel to Gorky Park, Arkady Renko returns to Russia to work on the Polar Star, a huge fishing factory ship When a young girl is murdered, Renko is asked to investigate and enters a case as chilling and gripping as his previous adventure.
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  1. James Thane

    In the first major case of his literary career, Gorky Park, Moscow detective Arkady Renko antagonized too many powerful people As a consequence, he lost his job and his Communist party membership and was shuffled off into oblivion He then disappeared from view for eight years before returning in Polar Star Renko s fallen about as far as a man possibly can From being at the top of his profession as a criminal investigator, he s now working on the slime line on a Russian factory fishing ship in th [...]

  2. Jeff

    Martin Cruz Smith s Arkady Renko books are a series of mysteries set at various points in late 2oth century Russian history, starting with the last death throes of Communism This is the second book in the series I ve read Stalin s Ghost 6 and watched the film version of Gorky Park 1 Here, Renko, a former criminal investigator, has fled Moscow after the events of Gorky Park and is on the run from the KGB After a series of awful jobs, he ends up gutting fish on a trawler in the Bering Sea A fellow [...]

  3. Emma

    3.5 stars I remember reading Gorky Park many years ago In fact I reread it several times I enjoyed the politics of The Soviet Union and the corruption of the state This is the next book in the series, which I believe was not written until many years after the original.This is set on a factory ship in the seas off Alaska This provides tension and claustrophobia to the story is very atmospheric I really enjoyed the comparison between the Soviet ship and the American one There were spies and baddie [...]

  4. Eric_W

    I m not sure why I delayed getting to this title since I enjoyed Gorky Park so much, to which this book is a sequel of sorts Of sorts, because it follows directly on the heels of Gorky, but the author in a few brief paragraphs lays out precisely why Arkady, formerly head investigator for the prosecutor s office in Moscow is now working as a slimer on a factory ship in the Bering Sea.It s good Those who don t like what they view as excessive detail in Moby Dick probably won t like this book eithe [...]

  5. Johnny

    More than a decade ago, I attempted to read a mystery called Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith I couldn t stomach it Though it had received rave reviews, it seemed to plod and creak toward very little I tossed it in a box and, after several cross country moves, I have no clue where it is But before I gave up on Gorky Park, a selection from the Mystery Book Club arrived in my mailbox I didn t get home in time to return it and ended up with Polar Star, the sequel to Gorky Park, in hardbound I was to [...]

  6. Ken Consaul

    I m picking Polar Star as my favorite in the Arkady Renko series The first is Gorky Park and I recommend starting with it Each is a self contained mystery but the background of the protagonist adds considerably to the story.In Plar Star, Arkady Renko is working on a fish processing ship in the Bering Sea This is his reward for solving a politically sensitive murder investigation in the previous Gorky Park Renko was a Moscow police investigator during the Soviet regime His dealings with bureaucra [...]

  7. aPriL does feral sometimes

    Polar Star , 2 in the Inspector Arkady Renko series, is a terrific story I think it way superior to the first book in the series, Gorky Park It can be a standalone read, but Renko s backstory, which is referred to occasionally in this novel, is described in its entirety in the first novel Missing from this narrative is exactly why Renko, an educated man who was an excellent Moscow police detective, is now on the run and hiding from the close attention of various Soviet political authorities and [...]

  8. Mike

    Wow, a huge improvement on Gorky Park, which I really liked It all takes place on a fish processing boat in the Bering Sea, several years after Renko loses his job and Party membership for the events in Gorky Park Renko is now reduced to cleaning fish in subzero temperatures, until a murder occurs on board, and he is very reluctantly pulled into the investigation Unlike Gorky Park, where the reader knows the identity of the murderer practically from the start, this is a stone cold whodunit Even [...]

  9. Antonia

    to start off i thought it was marvellous one hardly comes across crime novels of such good quality i bought it because i remembered i had read Gorky Park some years ago and i really liked ite book follows arkady renko, who, after some investigation not quite satisfactory to the state, works on a soviet factory ship that works together with american boats on a joint venture one day a corpse comes up in the net of one of the factory ship s girls as the only person on board experienced with investi [...]

  10. Grady McCallie

    In Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith conjured a claustrophobic atmosphere in Soviet era Moscow that task is simpler here, where the action takes place on a handful of ships and a single, small Aleutian island Yet the overall feel is considerably upbeat, perhaps because former detective Arkady Renko enters this story at rock bottom, cutting fish on the slime line of a fish processing ship A young woman worker from the boat goes missing but, before anyone really notices, reappears from the depths of [...]

  11. Alan Marchant

    Polar Star is set in the microcosm of a Soviet fish factory ship working the fog shrouded waters of the Arctic Sea The story begins as a member of the crew is dredged up in one of the fishing nets Arkady Renko, a former detective exiled to the gulag as a reward for previous successes, is called up unwillingly for all concerned from the slime line to find a harmless explanation for the accident.The book is satisfying as a classic murder mystery It s even interesting as an exploration of the clau [...]

  12. Jim

    So long ago I read GORKY PARK, and I really enjoyed it, and then recently I read a much later volume, which at first I thought was a stand alone, and I knew I would have to go back and make some attempt at reading all of the series Smith is a good writer, his story keeps you riveted, and it doesn t hurt that the action takes place amongst Russians reflecting an era active during my life, which also makes it interesting Surely there will be repetition and template like action, but somehow I think [...]

  13. Margaret Sankey

    Shunted off to a Soviet psychiatric hospital after Gorky Park embarrassed the state, but son of a famous military father , former Inspector Arkady Renko manages to get sent to work on a Russian fishing processing ship in the Bering sea, finding some peace on the slime line gutting and scaling As usual, a body drops out of the nets a young Georgian woman on bad terms with the Soviet authorities and Americans in Alaska Arkady is called upon to redeem himself by wading into another diplomatically a [...]

  14. Asghar Abbas

    It was a fine sequel, don t get me wrong But I am thinking this sort of thing must have made for nice entertainment during the cold war I like how McS had inverted the theme of heroes and villains.That I like.

  15. Peter Tillman

    This is an amazing book The sequel to Gorky Park, it s set in the last days of the USSR and the Cold War Arkady Renko is a worthy protagonist, and indeed just about all of the characters are well drawn One of my favorites was Karp Korobetz, a tattooed gangster who Arkady had sent to prison many years before He becomes Renko s nemesis in the story, and very nearly succeeds in murdering him, in some chilling action sequences And they almost become friends by the end of the book, in a scene that wo [...]

  16. Lobstergirl

    A superb, engrossing, brutal thriller This is the third Arkady Renko I ve read I read Red Square first, since I owned it, then Gorky Park and the best of the three so far Gorky Park dwelt too much on the unlikable Irina Since I liked Arkady so much, I couldn t understand what he saw in this Siberian hussy Maybe you have to be male Irina fortunately doesn t present herself in Polar Star there are only a few mentions of her There is a Georgian hussy here, but she s not heinous In fact, she s very [...]

  17. Rossrn Nunamaker

    Polar Star was written in 1989 and featured detective Arkady Renko who first appeared in Smith s Gorky Park published in 1981 The book is set during the time of the Soviet Union, but near the end when there was some cooperation, though utter distrust, between the US and Soviets While Gorky Park was primarily set in the city of Moscow, Polar Star is the name of a massive factory ship fish processing in the Bearing Strait.The floating city is full of people with pasts who have fled the government [...]

  18. Marieke

    Every bit as good as I remembered Highly recommended I worship MCS for his grittily vivid scenes, lovable shady characters, and wonderfully surreal landscapes Not to mention his Russian soul If you haven t read Gorky Park, read that one first As usual, Arkady Renko is reluctant to begin a murder investigation this time into the death of a popular young woman on board the Soviet fish processing factory ship, the Polar Star.As he discovers one shady operation after another smuggling, spying, sleep [...]

  19. John Matsui

    I read Gorky Park in 1981 or 1982 and loved it I don t know why it took me so long to get to the second book in the series featuring Arkady Renko, former Moscow police investigator.That said, Polar Star presented me with a conundrum I like the Renko character and love the Russian storyline I can understand why Renko s life has fallen apart and how he landed in horrid circumstances doing one of the worst jobs imaginable But on the murder front which is kind of important in a murder mystery the st [...]

  20. Perry Whitford

    A well earned second outing for Cruz Smith s dogged and durable Russian homicide investigator after the international success of Gorky Park.No longer an investigator and with his Party membership revoked, Arkady Renko is effectively a criminal on the run, hiding out in the Bering Sea gutting fish on the slime line of the huge factory ship, Polar Star The fishing operation is a joint venture with the Americans, but Glasnost doesn t mean the end of the Cold War as Renko finds his services required [...]

  21. David Gooch

    A very interesting read This is the second Renko book and in this one he finds himself stuck on an Arctic fish factory ship and when a body turns up in the nets who is one of the crew, it is Renko who is called on to investigate.There are a lot of developing threads and twists in the book along with the fact that on the boat is one of the guys he had caught previously and is looking for revenge So he has to dodge the potential threat of him and keep hunting for the killer Then he has the might o [...]

  22. Kristin

    This is the second book in the Arkady Renko series and I have to say I found it a bit slow As mentioned above, the whole book takes place on a Soviet Factory ship in the Bearing Sea, where American ships bring their fish to be processed rather than returning to a factory on American soil However, there are only so many people on said ship and Renko pursues this murder with an almost bulldoggish determination that at 384 pages becomes almost tedious Smith does have one advantage that I admire ove [...]

  23. Marcia Chocinsky

    Martin Cruz Smith has to be one of the best Crime Mystery writers out there His characters are uniquely defined and the plotting is complex and his prose is extremely well written All this, in addition to being set against the backdrop of Cold War era Soviet US relations, makes his novels stand out when compared to others in this genre I truly enjoyed Gorky Park when it first came out and I am surprised that it has already been 30 years since then I fell behind in my reading during my work years [...]

  24. Annie

    After Arkady Renko s last case Gorky Park ended in a Phyrric victory, he was interned in a Soviet hospital and diagnosed with sluggish schizophrenia The theory behind this diagnosis was that anyone who acted against the state was clearly insane Martin Cruz Smith s novel Polar Star begins a few years after Renko s ignoble dismissal from the Moscow militia When we finally catch up to him, Renko is working on the slime line on a factory ship He s run as far east as he can to get away from the KGB a [...]

  25. Terry Cornell

    One of my new favorites A follow up to Gorky Park Arkady Renko former Moscow investigator finds himself working the slime line on a Soviet factory ship in the Bering Sea Murder mystery wrapped in a spy thriller, or spy thriller wrapped in a murder mystery I can t tell So many twists and turns A bonus of the Kindle edition I read was a portion of an interview with the author He did not intend to write of further adventures of Arkady Renko after finishing Gorky Park , but found inspiration later M [...]

  26. Ted Cross

    I re read this as part of my ongoing plan to read all of the Arkady Renko novels though out of order I first read this one back in 1995 while visiting Bangkok for the first time I found it as a discount book at a shop I liked it then, and I think I liked it even now It s essentially a murder mystery set on a large Soviet fishing ship in the Bering Sea The feel of being on a Soviet vessel is intriguing, and the twists and turns are surprising enough The only drawback at all, in my opinion, is ho [...]

  27. Quillracer

    I like this series.Smith always delivers a complex tale full of twists and turns, false leads and blind alleys He also hammers away at the rigidity, failures, and corruption of Soviet society.Here, Renko, reduced to working the basest job on a factory fishing ship after falling from grace in Gorky Park, is asked to look into the death of a cook on the ship.I had a little trouble following Renko s investigation, sometimes didn t get how something one person said led him to ask another person a sl [...]

  28. John Kitcher

    3.5 I feel as though the second book in a series is the hardest for an author to write Will the author be able to match the wit and breadth of their first book Always a challenge, especially when their first is so good This is pretty good and enjoyable No soft spots but not as strong as the first in the series Prepared to give number three a go at any rate.

  29. Joyce Lagow

    2nd in the Arkady Renko series return return Renko, though he has actually done nothing wrong, is not in high repute in the militia after all, he did kill a prosecutor even if it was in self defense Stripped of his job and worse, Party card, Renkogets out of townto Siberia, where the militia will not make any real determined effort to get him He signs on as a seaman 2nd class, lowest of the low, on a fish factory ship, the Polar Star, that is headed out to the Bering Sea to fish in a joint ventu [...]

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