Three Stations Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 May 2011
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- Publisher : ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 May 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1445004976
- ISBN-13 : 978-1445004976
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Reviewed in Australia on 15 February 2021
An outstanding reading experience: Marin Cruz Smith has certainly dilivered. Investigator Renko continues his intrepid though blighted journey to find answers to questions not many in Russia seem to be interested about. In the process, he moves through landscapes so realistic and detailed, that the reader can not help but be drawn in. Whether Putin’s modern Russia is similarly enamoured with Cruz Smith’s depictions remains to be seen.
Reviewed in Australia on 30 July 2014
Half a book and poor plot. Sometimes the editor should just say "go away and start again"
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Renko under threat.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2020
Arkady Renko has fallen out of favour with his boss, prosecutor Zurin. Not anything new in itself and in keeping with his eternal optimism, Arkady doesn’t let his imminent unemployment phase him. Convinced that a serial killer is at large, Renko calls in favours and sees a pattern developing. Meanwhile, Renko’s protege, chess aficionado Zhenya, is helping a young mother find her stolen baby. Naturally, the two storylines converge but not until the closing section of the book. Zhenya is far more prominent in this book but whether he features as a staple in any further Renko novels remains to be seen. He is a well drawn character but Renko steals the show. I love his relentlessness and his refusal to accept anything at face value. Although not one of the stronger books in the series, this shows Renko at his most dogged and that’s worth a read in itself.
Hero investigator determinedly fights off gangs and even his boss to bring justiceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2019
Hero senior investigator Renko never gives up in fighting Russian criminal gangs and even his own boss to achieve justice. He does this at considerable cost to himself and his close relationships. Bruised and battered, Renko is nothing if not determined, he cleverly cuts through obstacles in this low-life Russian urban jungle. Very atmospheric, at times a depressing and graphic description of a dangerous and decaying urban world.
Decent interesting read but,Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2020
Usual Renko against the system stuff and usual high standard of writing from MCS, however not the usual quality plot. I came away with the impression that I had just read two short stories cobbled into one. Both were good but taken together I just found them a little jarring.
Not my favourite Arkady story but still enjoyable.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 January 2021
Not my favourite Arkady Renko story. Probably because he is somewhat sidelined to several other characters. I prefer the stories that are told mainly from his point of view.
Still a good read though.
Still a good read though.
Classic Cruz SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2012
I love Smith's Arkady Renko novels. Renko is not your a-typical detective and the Russian setting adds a very different atmosphere. Renko not only has to solve crimes but battle the bureacracy of the Russian police. Renko, like many other detectives, has his own personal issues but it's not just his character that I admire, it's also the structure of the novel. While not as good as 'Gorky Park' or 'Polar Star' the same techniques are used and it is very difficult to predict the outcome or whether the supposed villain is actually the villain. After visiting a crime scene, Renko has obviously spotted some clue that isn't given to the reader until later and it's fascinating to discover what it was. As I said, not the best of his novels but thoroughly enjoyable.