Martin Cruz Smith at the top of his game and the incomparable Frank Muller: what could be better. ( Muller is, IMHO, the greatest narrator. If you can find it listen to his performances of anything by le Carre', especially the "Smiley" cycle. And get his performance of "Motherless Brooklyn"; he is perfection.) The story of Renko, disgraced Moscow investigator working on the "slime line" of a Russian fish trawler is wonderfully claustrophobic and yet expansive. I can't recommend this book enough.
This is an interesting story. you can read all the accolades others have wroet. I will say I did not find the book to be great as some have said. I found the authors style difficult to stay with, but patience did pay off... Not for everyone but worth a try!!!
Great character development. In my opinion this is a more enjoyable storyline than some other of Cruz Smith's books. The characters are rich and the plot line is revealing and satisfying in the end. Another excellent work that is superbly performed.
Bought this one based only on glowing reviews (and being a Muller fan). Definitely not disappointed. Really interesting locale and premise.
Simply put - great read, great reader.
Finding out about the way of life in the Russia fishing industry. It is interesting how fish are harvested.
An interesting, compelling storyline - although the plot did seem to be a little stretched out at times. A good read.
Say something about yourself!
The sequel to Gorky Park is really an interesting book, and deserves the high praise from most reviewers. I liked it through the slow first chapters, and then loved it through the main part of the story, but was so disappointed at the end.
Although the main plot centers around the death of a beautiful worker on the ship named Zina (was she murdered or did she commit suicide?) - there are many sub plots. As the only one on board who has any investigative experience, Arkady is pulled off the "slime line" to find out what happened. However, he has run into a former bad guy who he had previously helped put behind bars, and this part of the story didn't ring true to me. I just didn't buy the conclusion of what happened with him. I don't want to say more, as it would spoil the end, but I wonder if any other reviewers felt the same way?
Frank Muller does an excellent job of narrating, which made listening to the book a real joy.
Yes, with reservation. The story slow to develop and built around one incident early in book.
He was unable to capture the multiple characters for me. but the reading was not dull.
not at all.
The story all occured on a vessel with recurruing over hashing of similar facts.
The ending was less than hoped for after such a long story.
The plot set up has so much potential - disgraced former criminal investigator exiled onto a Russian factory ship in the Bering Strait, murder, Americans, spies, snow and ice, lots of fish - but somehow it doesn't really grip as well as it should. 3 star overall and in my case, one of those stories that just holds you just about enough not to give up, but no more.
Just couldn't get to a part that grabbed my interest. I thought the main story was going to be off the ship. I couldn't find a single character that I liked.