Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.
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I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I preferred this so much to anything else I have tried by Martin Cruz Smith. I liked the main character and the confinement of the ship was well captured. I really enjoyed this a great deal.
* love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *
Really great book, written in a way that you see it, smell it, feel it like you are IN it...this is one of those books where you sit in the driveway listening, not ready for your ride from work to be over. A great story line, doesn't rush you but gently leads you, fleshing out the detail, filling out the characters - you KNOW them by the end. Great book.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
This might be a good book to take on a hot summer vacation, because it is *cold*. The mystery, which takes place on a fishing ship in the Arctic Ocean, is intriguing, the details of the culture fascinating, and the disgraced detective (from Gorky Park) a great character. I've always been interested in Russia, and I don't know how Martin Cruz Smith does it, but he creates a world that seems authentic to me, a non-Russian. Excellent listening.
Gorky Park - excellent follow up.
I couldn't stop listening. I honestly felt like I was out at sea in the Polar Star. The story and narration made me feel like I was trapped in tiny rooms, looking over my shoulder for surprises and elated to step foot on Dutch Harbor.
Excellent book. I hope a follow up comes out.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
you miss a dimension to Renko's character.
I picture the author writing at the computer with a paint brush stuck behind his ear. Smith paints with words!
I look at the fish counter in the store a whole new way after listening to this story.
An awful lot of this story happens BEFORE the beginning of this book.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
5 stars all the way! Should have been a bit more frugal with my 5-star ratings for other books I've enjoyed to save them for this one. I loved the writing, the story, and the performance by Frank Muller. Well worth it.
The Polar Star is rusty factory ship working together with american trawlers in the Bering sea. A dead women is caught in the net, and the scene is set for an artic game between spys, commissars, smugglers and the political unstable Arkady Renko (the protagonist from Gorky Park).
A decaying soviet state entering perestroika makes a great setting for any crime novel – all in all an entertaining read by Martin Cruz Smith.
No. Excellent book, but life is too short for second readings of popular fiction.
Renko, of course.
He brings a personification to each character that I might not take from the book. He makes each character important within the context.
Sure, but not practical. It is always nice to come back to a good book.
I probably will. The story is full of twists and intriguing.
It is as good as usual.
I, inabitant of the land, have seen another world.
The story progressed rapidly, but the mystery part did'nt come quickly.
This is the first time I listened to Frank Muller. I could see the characters appear before my eyes and speak and move. I want to listen to him more.
Crime novels are gloomy, but especially in the Polar Star.
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