Stalin's Ghost

by Martin Cruz Smith | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780230013940 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ElHurricane on 1/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by ElHurricane on Saturday, January 10, 2009
Winter is what Muscovites live for. Knee-deep snow softens the city and flows from golden dome to golden dome. Snow makes the sedans of the rich and powerful crawl behind snowploughs. Snow drives the common citizen into the Metro, where stations are still "Palaces of the Proletariat". There on the platform people see the ghost os Joseph Stalin. Not everyone, it seems, likes the fact that Stalin is dead...

Assigned to this delicate matter is the pariah of the Prosecutor's Office, Senior Investigator Arkady Renko.

But in the midst of a blizzard nothing is as it first appears to be. Renko's girlfriend, Eva, and his adopted son, Zhenya, seem to be slipping into danger. The owner of a matrimonial agency wants her husband killed. An innicent "Russian Bride" employs a garrotte. A chess grandmaster wanders into Renko's life and leads him into the line of fire. Diehard Communists gather to sing along with Stalin. "Red Diggers" uncover secrets buried for half a century ina a desolate forest anda Renko discovers ghosts that have been waiting for him all his life...

As Russia swings more and more to the right, Renko is more and more out of step. Not only an original and deeply humane thriller, "Stalin's Ghost" is also a powerful evocation of the emerging new Russia.

Journal Entry 2 by ElHurricane on Sunday, February 22, 2009

Journal Entry 3 by ElHurricane at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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And there it goes to kizmiaz

Journal Entry 4 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Just got it, thanks ElHurricane.

Journal Entry 5 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, August 10, 2009
This was the first book I've read from this author and it was quite a nice surprise.
The plot is tight and imaginative, the characters are good and the setting also helps move the action along.
The pace of the story is just right and there's no rushing to get to the end, but it doesn't drag either.
The portrait of the "New Rusia" is well painted and the author doesn't go for the over the top approach on another Mafia story.
Arkady is a very interesting character, even if he's a cop in a whodunnit, and I'll be looking out to read some more of his investigations.

Journal Entry 6 by kizmiaz at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 18, 2009

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Hope you enjoy it, I did and I'm not much of a mystery fan.

Journal Entry 7 by fungaga from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, September 25, 2009
Thank you very much kizmiaz, for this book. I'm looking forward for reading it!

Journal Entry 8 by fungaga from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, November 12, 2009
It took me forever to read this book, which annoyed me a lot, since I enjoyed it very much. Every time I had to interrupt my shorts periods of reading I wished for an all afternoon with the book. This is really a good example of what a thriller should be. It has a good story, good characters, and excellent rhythm. The chess championship chapter is a masterpiece. The fact that the story takes place in Russia is the cherry at the top of the cake. Nevertheless, I expected a little bit more from the ending (I don’t really know what…).

Thank you, kizmiaz, for this opportunity. The will continue travelling one of these days.

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