Wolves Eat Dogs : Arkady Renko

  • by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by Henry Strozier
  • Series: Arkady Renko
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Wolves Eat Dogs, beloved detective Arkady Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence: in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.
Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko on a journey through Chernobyl's netherworld. The crimes he uncovers and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense, unforgettable adventure.


What the Critics Say

"Martin Cruz Smith is a master of the international thriller." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Thrilling; genuinely Russian. Cruz Rules!

For those of you already familiar with Arkady Renko, this book will not disappoint. He is a unique creation in fiction, and I cannot wait for Martin Cruz Smith to re-create him. Henry Strozier is also a great narrator. The combination will provide you with many hours of entertainment. Being in Renko's company is like seeing the world through the eyes of a master detective, cynical on the surface, romantic underneath, masterful in skill. To set this novel in Chernobyl reflects the author's courage. Cruz Smith's research and attention to detail is unknown in this genre: the truly real historical fiction but-really-not-fictional mystery. He takes you to places you've never been (unless you are a real Russo-phile) and he shows you how the people live in a way that is unmistakably true. Renko stumbles into a substitute father-son relationship with Zhenya, a master teenage chess ace, who lives on the streets and hustles chess for a living. He likewise stumbles into a chaotic romantic relationship with Dr. Yva Casca, a resident of "The Zone" (the hyperdestructive radioactive circle around the collapsed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl). Their relationship is triangulated with a character I will not mention. There are several subplots. The final scene is a work of true genius. Once you read it, you may never again feel the same about novels in general. Cruz Smith has been a master for decades. I hope he lives to be 100. Enjoy!
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- Richard Delman "I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books."

Note to Self: No More Arkady Renko Novels

Based on many of the reviews, I thought this would be a good book. Argh. Even on double time, I could hardly wait for the book to end. Honestly, there were times I thought I had missed whole sections. Disjointed, uninteresting, etc., etc. Not worth your time or money. I was in the USSR soon after the Chernobyl disaster (there were no vegetables except cucumbers - I've never forgotten) so I thought that would hold additional interest for me...but no. Sorry to bag on this book, but it's not a good one.
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- Dr. Meggin McIntosh "Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. 'The Ph.D. of Productivity'(tm)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio