Stalin's Ghost

Product Number: EB00570224
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9780743298759
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Description

Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating. Decidedly better than that of Renko, whose lover, Eva, has left him for Detective Nikolai Isakov, a charismatic veteran of the civil war in Chechnya, a hero of the far right and, Renko suspects, a killer for hire. The cases entwine, and Renko's quests become a personal inquiry fueled by jealousy. The investigation leads to the fields of Tver outside of Moscow, where once a million soldiers fought. There, amidst the detritus, Renko must confront the ghost of his own father, a favorite general of Stalin's. In these barren fields, patriots and shady entrepreneurs-the Red Diggers and Black Diggers-collect the bones, weapons and personal effects of slain World War II soldiers, and find that even among the dead there are surprises.

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Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
Series: Arkady Renko Mysteries Series No: 6
Original Publish Date: Jun 12, 2007

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