“Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
Another detective novel? YES! This iteration finds Renko in exile from Moscow working on a fishing factory ship in the Bering Sea in a joint US-Russia operation. A girl is found dead in the net and Renko is called upon to investigate, once they learn he used to be an investigator.
The level of detail, and research that went into this book shows. There are diagrams of the main boats where the story takes place. The dialogue is witty, and realistic. Renko is no superhero, but I really feel for him. He’s ‘real’.
This book is the kind of thriller that you read late into the night before realizing it’s hours past your ‘bedtime’. The ending was very, very satisfying.
This novel combines some of my favorite things: ships, the arctic, detective, and a historical setting.
Book #122 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #BookReview #Books #Russia #crime #murder #USSR #fishing #MartinCruzSmith #ArkadyRenko”,