I think we’ve all been waiting for another Gorky Park for the atmosphere of that far outshone the plot. Now we have its equal with the backdrop of Chernobyl. The portrayal of the scale of the disaster and its aftermath is mind-numbing. Oh, we have suspected suicide, mysterious informers, more deaths, a fleeting romance, the Russian Mafia and, of course, the weary, cynical, out-of-favour Moscow investigator Renko, but it’s the setting that really steals the show here. The explanation for the killings and how they were carried out could have been more intriguing but my expectations had been roused to such a level that it would have been almost impossible to satisfy them in this truly atmospheric read.
THE IRON CURTAIN HAS FALLEN. BUT THE SHADOW REMAINS. Chernobyl: the Zone of Exclusion. A ghostly place, deserted and forgotten for almost two decades; now inhabited by militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists, and some elderly Ukrainian peasants who would rather ignore the Geiger counters than relocate. This is the eerie and dangerous world Inspector Arkady Renko must navigate if he is to find out the truth behind the death of one of Russia's richest oligarchs... Pasha Ivanov has been found dead on the pavement outside his luxury high-rise apartment in Moscow. It seems like a straightforward suicide, but Renko, never one to take evidence at face value, refuses to drop the case, and there is something puzzling him: a mountain of salt found in Ivanov's wardrobe... Determined to look deeper into the circumstances of Ivanov's demise, he acquaints himself with this wealthy businessman's powerful and corrupt circle, until his investigations lead him to Chernobyl's notorious Zone of Exclusion, where the body of Lev Timofeyev, Ivanov's former research partner, has been discovered in a contaminated cemetery...
Publication date: 07/10/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 04/03/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||7th October 2005|
|Author:||Martin Cruz Smith|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Red Square, Rose, Havana Bay and Stalin’s Ghost. A recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger for fiction in the UK, he is also two-time winner of the Hammett Prize in the United States. He lives with his wife and children in northern California.More About Martin Cruz Smith