Polar Star

Polar Star

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Arkady Renko, former Chief Investigator of the Moscow Town Prosecutor's Office, made too many enemies and lost the favour of his party. After a self-imposed exile in Siberia, Renko toils on the 'slime line' of a factory ship in the Bering Sea. But when an adventurous Georgian woman comes up with the day's catch, the signs of murder are undeniable. Up against the Soviet bureaucracy in a complex international web, Renko must again become the obsessed, dedicated cop he once was. And in doing so, he discovers much more than he bargained for...
Publisher: New York :, Random House
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9781849838245
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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the slime eel, as described by this excellent writer, is quite reminiscent of the alien's first appearance in the film, ALIEN. But isn't deep underwater of the sea, quite like the outer space, when seen up-close? Arkady, the hero of the novel, is the first return of the author to him, after his massive success in both the novel and the film, GORKY PARK. I learned- what seems to me- a lot about the Soviet Russian character, and psychology from this book. If you enjoy this book, and found it on the whole, too simple ( not that I am trying to hint that it is), I duly then recommend that you tackle one of the giants of 19th century Russian Literature: Dostoevskii, or Chekhov, or Gorky, or Gogol. I leave out Tolstoii, and some others, because, Tostoii-at most-tended to deviate into Christian preaching, which tended to ruin his literature, toward the end of his writing career-for some. I forgot Turgenev, a friend also of our Henry James, the great technician of fiction.

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turkt
Jan 12, 2017

This is my favorite Renko book. The location on a ship at sea keeps the plot from getting overly complex, which is an issue with other Renko stories. And then there's "Slime eel!!!"

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lwarman
May 21, 2010

Great characterization and atmosphere; silly plot.

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