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Arkady Renko has made too many enemies and now he toils in obscurity on a Russian factory ship in the middle of the Bering Sea. But when a female crew member is picked up dead with the day's catch, Arkady becomes obsessed with the case and once again discovers more than he wants to know and certainly more than he bargained for....


From the Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
In the sequel to "Gorky Park," former Moscow Police Inspector Arkady Renko escapes from a psychiatric "hospital" to Siberia, where he becomes embroiled in an investigation into the death of a female crew member of a fish-processing ship

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1989
ISBN: 9780394578194
0394578198

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the slime eel, as described by this excellent writer, is quite reminiscent of the alien's first appearance in the film, ALIEN. But isn't deep underwater of the sea, quite like the outer space, when seen up-close? Arkady, the hero of the novel, is the first return of the author to him, after his massive success in both the novel and the film, GORKY PARK. I learned- what seems to me- a lot about the Soviet Russian character, and psychology from this book. If you enjoy this book, and found it on the whole, too simple ( not that I am trying to hint that it is), I duly then recommend that you tackle one of the giants of 19th century Russian Literature: Dostoevskii, or Chekhov, or Gorky, or Gogol. I leave out Tolstoii, and some others, because, Tostoii-at most-tended to deviate into Christian preaching, which tended to ruin his literature, toward the end of his writing career-for some. I forgot Turgenev, a friend also of our Henry James, the great technician of fiction.

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turkt
Jan 12, 2017

This is my favorite Renko book. The location on a ship at sea keeps the plot from getting overly complex, which is an issue with other Renko stories. And then there's "Slime eel!!!"

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lwarman
May 21, 2010

Great characterization and atmosphere; silly plot.

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