Wolves Eat Dogs

Wolves Eat Dogs

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
In the wake of a billionaire businessman's suicide, Moscow detective Arkady Renko investigates dark secrets and international plots that may have driven the oligarch to his death, in a case that leads Renko to discover dark crimes in the area surrounding Chernobyl. By the author of December 6. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Arkady Renko returns for his most enigmatic and baffling case: the death of one of Russia's new billionaires, which leads him to the Zone of Exclusion - Chernobyl and the surrounding areas closed to the world since the nuclear disaster of April 1986.
In Wolves Eat Dogs, 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 posh, 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.
Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko to Chernobyl and its environs. It is a ghostly world, still aglow with radioactivity, now inhabited only by the militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists and some elderly Ukrainian peasants who would rather ignore the Geiger counters than relocate. Renko's journey to this netherworld, the crimes he uncovers there and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense page-turning adventure.

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In the wake of a businessman's suicide, Moscow detective Arkady Renko investigates secrets and international plots that may have driven him to his death, in a case that leads Renko to discover crimes in the area surrounding Chernobyl.

Simon and Schuster

Arkady Renko returns for his most enigmatic and baffling case:
the death of one of Russia's new billionaires, which leads him to the Zone of Exclusion -- Chernobyl, and the surrounding areas closed to the world since the nuclear disaster of 1986.

In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic detectives of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko. Cynical, quietly subversive, brilliantly analytical and haunted by melancholy, Renko has survived, barely, the journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find his transformed nation just as obsessed with secrecy, corruption and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship.

In Wolves Eat Dogs, 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 posh, 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.

Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko to Chernobyl and its environs. (No one knows how many deaths resulted from the explosion in Reactor Number 4. The official government figure is just 41, though many experts estimate that the toll was really a half million or more.) It is a ghostly world, still aglow with radioactivity, now inhabited only by the militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists, and some elderly Ukrainian peasants who would rather ignore the Geiger counters than relocate. Renko's journey to this netherworld, the crimes he uncovers there and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense, unforgettable page-turning adventure.

Each of Martin Cruz Smith's novels is a ticket to an unknown world. Wolves Eat Dogs is Smith's most harrowing trip yet.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780684872544
0684872544
Branch Call Number: Fiction Smi
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 25 cm

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7626dee
Mar 09, 2016

Arkady is a frustrating detective and hard to bond with as a reader but he just keeps on trucking no matter where the dead bodies lead him. Russians seem to be a particularly fatalistic group and have to be survivors-Czars, Lenin, Stalin and now Putin. No end in sight to the suffering so our insightful author should be able to continue this series for many years. Chornobyl is a lesson for mankind and also a sign of hope-the land and people can recover even from this disaster-if we let them

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lwarman
Feb 09, 2010

The best of the bunch.

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