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!Download ♟ Stalin's Ghost ⚖ 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 JealousyThe 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 SurprisesStalin S Ghost Is Replete With Martin Cruz Smith S Trademark Wit, Dark Humor And Action In This Tale Of Arkady Renko, Smith Has Again Fashioned An Unforgettable Character As Cynical As Philip Marlowe, But With The Heart Of A Chekhovian Everyman The Reader Is Treated To An Unparalleled Thriller Woven With A Depth Of Humanity Found In The Finest Literature Abe March said good, but not great I agree It took a long time for the separate threads to make any sense at all, and when they did, there was never a real engaging drama The characters were not developed enough to make me care about them The plot, however, was good enough to pull me along and the description of the chess match was superb. When I was looking at the books Smith has written, I was surprised to see that I ve actually read all of the Renko novels I ve liked all of the books, but have not been wild about them well, except for Gorky Park, which I would rate 5 stars For some reason, I just don t like the way Smith closes his novels, it always seems rushed, and Stalin s Ghost is no different And yet, I think Renko is one of the remarkable characters I ve run across in all of fiction What a dilemma 5 stars for the character, 3 stars for the story Whatever, I live for his lines they drip Russian irony like a specially bitter wine But with that irony, there are the deeper shadows of sadness, a sadness that encompasses Renko s own story his father was one Stalin s chief killers, his mother a suicide , as well as that of his country This particular chapter has Renko back in Moscow, going after some bad cops and former Black Berets One of them, a rival for his love interest, is running for political office While this is going on, there are reports of Stalin appearing in the subway There s also a sea serpent, a harpist with an attitude, a child chess prodigy and street urchin, global warming s impact on the traditional Russian weather might be the most unsettling thing about this novel , and bodies lots of them buried in the woods Ultimately, this is a book about history and memory Renko, as in all the other novels, is a truth seeker In the New Russia, that s suicidal, which is why you keep worrying for this wonderful, but haunted character 3 1 2 stars, rounded Up. Having read the Arkady Renko series, I have to say, that Stalin s Ghost was not my favorite It wasn t bad, but for me not the best Arkady is again back in Moscow, delving into a case that isn t his own, against the advice of his partner, love interest and boss What happens is a trail that continually leads back to two detectives Isakov and Urman Is Arkady interested because he wants justice or because his girlfriend is cheating on him with Isakov This story cleverly interweaves WWII Russian history, which I thought was the best part of the story The scenes in which Arkady remembers his father and his mother were particular highlights in a rather grim story Unlike other story lines there wasn t any tension or suspense or great mental stretches to figure out the mystery In fact the whole climax of the case is rather disappointing when we find the real reason for the cover up of a military skirmish The love affair that Arkady continues with Eva, is particularly annoying It drags and never gives the reader a reason to root for the two of them to be together At some points you just feel like shouting Just dump her already In fact I think his partner Victor says as much In much the same manner his relationship with the street urchin Zhenya lacks a reason for the reader to be interested This was the most depressing version of Renko, he comes back from the dead basically twice in an over the top way, not typical of Cruz Smith s writing I would have much perferred the sleek, taut, edgy writing of past novels rather than the bloated type larger than life, unbelievable Renko experiences. The Arkady Renko series from Martin Cruz Smith has to be the most chronologically dispersed series I have ever seen It began with Gorky Park in 1981 and has continued up to 2010 with Three Stations, and in those 30 intervening years there have been only seven novels total But true to the old adage, good things come to those that wait, fans of Martin Cruz Smith and Arkady Renko have been well rewarded over the years These things are good To be precise, the one installment I ve read is good, but that bodes well for the rest of them, especially considering I came in on the tail end of the series.The novel is Stalin s Ghost, and it s the sixth Arkady Renko book Renko is an investigator with the Moscow prosecutor s office, an honest and principled man in what is arguably one of the most corrupt police forces in the civilized world He s soft spoken and reserved, hardly ever even carrying his service revolver strange for a man who happens to be the son of one of Stalin s top generals in World War II And because Renko isn t completely bent like the rest of his colleagues, he s repeatedly finding himself on the prosecutor s shit list That s why, when there are murder investigations, organized crime trials, and enormous drug busts to be taken care of, Renko is assigned to investigate the recent sightings of Stalin s Ghost on the Moscow Metro Everyone at the prosecutor s office is certain that it s a hoax, but in an election year even hoaxes can have an effect on the political opinion The prosecutor wants the perpetrators found and dealt with, lest it appear that he cannot control even the Metro stations in his district As it turns out, the ghost on the metro has even to do with politics than they could have dreamed.Renko witnesses one of the sightings himself, which pretty much amounts to someone on the train it s the last train through at 2 a.m standing up and shouting I see Stalin and a bunch of old, blind pensioners falling all over themselves to agree Renko smells a rat, and that smell elevates to an overpowering stench when he gets off the train to see an impromptu shrine has been erected to Stalin with a pair of flaxen haired children reciting a speech and thanking the benevolent leader while a video camera rolls and a pair American political advisors look on He stops the proceedings, confiscates the video tape, and in the process manages to piss off some very powerful people As the investigation continues, it is revealed that the Stalin hoaxes are being used to foster a spirit of nostalgia for Russian patriotism and what better patriot than Stalin, the man who killed millions of his own people in order to drum up support for a new political party The lead candidate for this party An ex Black Beret and war hero from the most recent conflict in Chechnya Oh yeah, and did I mention that the same Black Beret stole Renko s girlfriend, a Ukrainian nurse who did charity work in Chechnya Yeah, there s that too So when the detective begins to investigate said war hero now working for the prosecutor s office as well for a spate of accidental deaths of members in his old unit, even Renko has to admit that it s the jilted lover in him than pious crusader that motivates him to action As he digs deeper, a story begins to emerge about what really happened in Chechnya, a story of corruption and greed and murder There are some other facets to the story, such as a street urchin chess savant, an old chess master, and a lot of reveries about Stalin and the struggle against the Germans in World War II, but those are the basics Using all of these elements, Martin Cruz Smith crafts a suspenseful, engrossing story like only writers at the top of their game can do The characters for the most part are realistic, deep personas the plot is appropriately paced and riveting The book is also peppered with aspects of Russian history and culture that I found especially enjoyable, lending an aura of Russian grit and authenticity to the book I don t think it would have had otherwise But one of the astounding aspects of the book to me, at least is the language Smith employs in his writing For lack of a better word, it sounds extremely foreign By that I mean it sounds as if it was written in another language in this instance Russian and then translated back into English Many times a work will lose much of its linguistic nuances upon being translated into another language and as a result sounds a bit stilted in comparison In the case of Stalin s Ghost, the language isn t stilted, but it is somehow rigid in how it comes together, devoid of slang terms or colloquialisms and extremely precise in its diction It simply doesn t sound as if an American wrote it I read this book as an audiobook, so perhaps some credit is due the narrator in this regard, though certainly not all I know that s a really obscure point, but I m an English nerd, and that s the kind of thing that makes me salivate.Another thing that makes me howl for joy about this book is the point of view POV Yeah, I know I ve been grinding my axe about POV recently, but I don t care This deserves to be said For all you aspiring writers out there and even some already published writers , listen up This right here Stalin s Ghost This is how you do a third person limited POV Third person limited means of course that the narrator is telling the story from outside of the characters but is privy only to the thoughts and feelings of the main character and sometimes not even that There are no internal monologues from extraneous characters, no delving into the psyche of anyone else, no breaking up the narrative in order to see what someone else is doing The narrative style Martin Cruz Smith uses is precise, measured, and artful It allows the reader to become much intimate with the main character, to identify with and understand him fully rather than shooting off on other narrative tangents that are removed from the main thrust of the book I particularly liked the way Smith handled the narration during Renko s time in the hospital he gets shot in the head and is in a coma for a while , which alternates between dream like flashbacks and snippets of dialogue from the people standing in his hospital room Since the main character s eyes are closed and he can only hear what is being said let alone understand the meaning or identify the people speaking , those sections are populated with only dialogue No he said or she said, nothing Just the dialogue And as I thought about it, I was even impressed because the style and syntax there managed to get across critical elements of the story and the emotion of the characters while still staying true to the POV Maybe I get unduly excited about that kind of stuff, but I can t help it I m an English nerd, remember As for negatives about the book, I m going to have to scrape the bottom of the barrel on this one because there simply aren t many One thing that was a little irksome was the fact that Renko kept stumbling upon important plot elements accidentally a murdered body here, an accident there It wasn t overly annoying, and some of that is to be expected from a mystery thriller, so it didn t impact my enjoyment of the book Other than that, I really don t have anything to complain about, which as you probably know is rare for me.The graphic says four stars, but I m thinking like four and a half Stalin s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith is an intriguing mystery, a stylistically superb book, and a gripping read It may not happen in the next month or even the next year, but damn it, I am going read the other books in this series I can t help it I m hooked.http readabookonce.blogspot.com 201 another great installment about the Russian detective Loved it Reread it and enjoyed it again I wasn t sure if I d read it but it wasn t very long when I knew I d read it but didn t remember the details so I kept on reading Renko can t do anything, Urman reassured Pacheco He s hiding from the prosecutor here and disowned by the prosecutor in Moscow Besides, he s a dead manp 267 This pretty much sums up the entirety of what I would call the sixth and best book of the Renko series Gorky Park to date, and in my estimation, that s saying something The theme of Stalin s Ghost is the unwelcome surprise our exhumation of the past can entail, a theme borne out casually throughout a book in which the game of chess can experience a revival, the remains of Kremlin victims can be exposed by a routine extension beneath the Kremlin Supreme Court, optimistic Diggers can excavate human remains at a mass, mined war grave, and the apparition of Stalin hangs over even the veterans of the Chechen campaigns.This book is as droll as it is deep, fully engaging, and a completely fair mystery to boot fairness meaning that all the information is presented for the resolution and delectation of the reader Still, the what happened and why are wholly secondary to the main message about the consequences of history Stalin s Ghost can be read in the context of the rest of the series, but can as equally stand alone The characters are rich, well developed, and multi layered and exist in the picaresque, yet so appropriate, obligatory snap thaw setting.Here s how I think author Cruz Smith intends to synopsize his book at p 262 There is a theory that in really deep lakes a body will sink only to a certain zone, at which point water pressure, temperature, weight and buoyancy balance out and the body hangs in the water There could be dozens of them down there just hanging around The police could go in there with a submarine and solve all sorts of crimes That is so amazing What do you call that zone I don t know It s just a theory, Arkady said, although he did have a name for it Memory. They took the dragon The slurred words of a drunken woman, handcuffed to the bed, her dead husband in the cluttered kitchen, the wife the apparent perpetrator The violent incident occurs only blocks from Moscow s Chistye Prudy Metro station, where witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of Stalin on the platform from the late night train Inspector Arkady Renko is called to the station by Prosecutor Zurin who hands him the witness statements, which range from drunken soldiers who saw nothing, to two pensioners, a female student and film maker all who testify to the image of Stalin The statements were signed off by Detectives Isakov and Urman, recent recruits to the militia from OMON, the much feared Black Berets Arkady follows the detectives to the domestic violence incident, and immediately has concerns at their take on events.These are just two of the themes in the sixth Arkady Renko novel, to keep a reader on their toes A woman who owns a matrimonial agency approaches the police to take out her violent husband Arkady is in an on again off again relationship with Eva Kazka, a doctor he met at Chernobyl But Eva knew Isakov from Chechnya, and Isakov has political ambitions Then there s Zhenye, the twelve year old runaway chess wizard whom Arkady has taken under his wing, and who has gone missing again.Arkady had mixed feeling about Stalin, the strongman who killed so many Russian citizens, knowing that his own father, a General, knew Stalin well In trying to find Zhenye he visits aging chess master Platonov, who is fighting to keep his chess school open from developers wanting to raze the building for a new shopping centre And through Platonov he gains access to the old guard Arkady hadn t seen such a concentration of Homo Sovieticus for years Supposedly extinct, here they were unchanged with their bad suits, dull eyes, self important frowns These were the bellies that had never missed a meal He saw none of the elderly that picketed Red Square in the bitter cold for their miserable pensions When the bodies of the husband and wife from the domestic incident both turn up in the morgue Arkady suspects homicide, and tries to establish what happened in Chechnya where Isakov and Urman were stationed with the Black Berets He enlists the help of journalist Ginsberg Ginsberg stepped back to take in Arkady whole A seeker of truth I was afraid of that You ll want a unicorn next There is no truth No two people agree on anything there are only versions I am a prime example I can t even agree with myself With his doggedness, it is only time before Arkady himself becomes a target, first from an attempted garrotte, and then a bullet to his head In convalescing, he takes a posting to the city of Tver, two hundred kilometres to the north west of Moscow towards St Petersburg, Isakov s birthplace and the scene of a wartime atrocityStay away from the Metro, don t drive, don t drink, don t swim, don t run, don t play football, don t get strangled, don t get hit on the head Perhaps you should consider a different line of work For someone in your condition I can hardly think of a worse one I will recuperate if no one else shoots me Hats off to Martin Cruz Smith for keeping so many balls in the air The reader has much to absorb from visual clues to snatches of dialogue, with the usual dark wit I found myself flipping back through the pages to check The violent past of his father s generation to the recent violence of the present, all grimly delivered up as Arkady sheds light on a cover up Recommended for readers of noir crime. Policemen carrying out paid hits, a chess grandmaster receiving threatening phone calls and a report of sightings of Stalin s ghost in the Moscow underground within 50 pages Cruz Smith, writing his sixth outing for the Moscow detective, establishes a classic triangle of mysteries for Renko to solve, which you just know will put him in danger from all sides.You also know that the plot will some how manage to involve his current lover Eva and that all the events will turn out to be connected too, in a way that illuminates some unsavory aspect of modern Russia In this instance, the Chechnyan crisis.Renko is back in Moscow, but Eva has come with him from Chernobyl and the previous outing, Wolves Eat Dogs Her ex boyfriend, a former member of the KBG who fought against the Chechnyans, is running for political office on a populist ticket, with assistance from a couple of PR savvy americans He is considered a war hero, but something about his story doesn t add up.The plot also involves room for of Renko s past, room for his adopted chess prodigy son, Zhenya, to become involved and have his back story resolved, as well as plenty of examples of the conflicts inherent as the old regime comes to grips with a capitalist future.The aging police inspector takes a little bit of a beating in this one than seemed entirely fair, whilst the denouement was a little weak, but Renko is such a good character always getting involved than he should, always cynical and sardonic in appraising the new Russia he finds himself in that if this would have been one of the first episodes I had read I would have most likely given it an extra star, but diminishing returns and all that.I will certainly read the next one too.