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Polar Star

He made too many enemies. He lost his party membership. Once Moscow’ s top criminal investigator, Arkady Renko now toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship working with American trawlers in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when an adventurous female crew member is picked up dead with the day’ s catch, Renko is ordered by his captain to investigate an accident that has all the marks of murder. Up against the celebrated Soviet bureaucracy once more, Renko must again become the obsessed, dedicated cop he was in "Gorky Park" and solve a chilling mystery fraught with international complications.
“ Stunning.” "
– The New York Times Book Review"
“ Impossible to put down . . . a book of heart-stopping suspense and intricate plotting, but also a meticulously researched, ambitious literary work of great distinction.”
"– The Detroit News
“ Martin Cruz Smith writes the most inventive thrillers of anyone in the first rank of thriller writers.”
"– The Washington Post Book World"
“ Gripping . . . absorbing.”
"– The Philadelphia Inquirer"
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About the Author

Martin Cruz Smith's novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Stalin's Ghost, Rose, December 6, Tatiana, and The Girl from Venice. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of Britain's Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.


Sprung from a state psychiatric hospital, Arkady Renko takes refuge in Siberia, ultimately working on a Soviet factory ship in the Bering Sea. When one of his shipmates is murdered, he's pressed into service. ``Those eagerly awaiting the return of Renko, the saturnine, chain-smoking police investigator from Moscow who appeared in the bestseller Gorky Park , will be glad to know their hero is back in fine form,'' said PW. Author tour. (July)

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