Arkady Renko
Books in series8
UNABRIDGED
(3.9 based on 1956 ratings)
  • 1
    Gorky Park | Martin Cruz Smith

    Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (370)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    Still the BEST
    Reviewed on March 22 2012 by IVAL (FREEHOLD, NJ, United States)
  • 2
    Polar Star | Martin Cruz Smith

    Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (566)

    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.

    Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really.

    I should try to restrain my praise for Polar Star, but I can't, so I won't. Martin Cruz Smith has written a book so fine, with characters so vivid, a ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 10 2012 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)
  • 3
    Red Square | Martin Cruz Smith

    Red Square

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
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    Performance
    (153)
    Story
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    In the summer of 1991, Arkady Renko has returned from exile and is back on the homicide squad in a newly democratic Moscow. When Arkady’s informant, Rudy Rosen, and his underworld bank-on-wheels are consumed in a ball of fire, Arkady finds himself in an investigation that points to the heart of Russia’s decaying infrastructure.

    Frank Muller is Arkady Renko

    Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko ranks as one of my favorite characters: cynical, sardonic, and tragically honest. I love the Arkady Renko books and F..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 22 2011 by janncam ()
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  • 5
    Wolves Eat Dogs: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Wolves Eat Dogs: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    In Wolves Eat Dogs, beloved detective Arkady Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence: in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.

    Overwhelming

    Arcady Renko never disappoints and this book is one of the best!! Set in post-meltdown Chernoble, it is stark, disturbing and oh so beautiful.

    Reviewed on May 08 2012 by IVAL (FREEHOLD, NJ, United States)
  • 6
    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians, Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    Russian Ghosts

    The story line takes place in Moscow and Tver, a Russsian city where the battle of Moscow took place. There a series of seemingly unrelated events tha..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2013 by jack (annapolis, MD, United States)
  • 7
    Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Arkady Jumps The Shark

    I am a long-time Arkady Renko fan and have always found the adventures easy escapism. You never have to think too hard with these novels, which is ni..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 07 2010 by Jeffrey Dame (Scottsdale, Az)
  • 8
    Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8 | Martin Cruz Smith

    Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

    Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away.

    Martin Cruz Smith has been one of my favorite authors for a long time now. I have felt that Arkady Renko was the most brilliantly nuanced, perfectly c..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 26 2014 by Richard Delman (San Francisco)