“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical... show more
“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and the New York City police as he pursues a rich, ruthless, and well-connected American fur dealer. Meanwhile, Renko is falling in love with a beautiful, headstrong dissident for whom he may risk everything.“Once one gets going, one doesn’t want to stop. . . . The action is gritty, the plot complicated, [and] the overriding quality is intelligence.”–The Washington Post“Reminds you just how satisfying a smoothly turned thriller can be.” –The New York Times Book Review“An unbelievable achievement . . . vivid, witty . . . completely fascinating.”–Boston Herald American“Gripping, romantic, and dazzlingly original.”–Cosmopolitan
Publish date: March 13th 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 373
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Arkady Renko (#1)
Arkady Renko is an honest man. But he lives in a place at a time when honest men just don't fit. As a chief investigator for the prosecutor general of Moscow in the late 1970s, Renko is surrounded by careerists, villains, thieves, murderers, psychopaths, and schemers. While everyone is looking out f...
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