With Arkady Renko, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic sleuths of contemporary fiction. Renko's cynicism, his profound love of the truth coupled with his passionate hatred for the hypocrisy that was once the Soviet Union, have won over millions of readers around the world. Now, Renko returns with a case that epitomizes the New Russia.
Pal Ivanov, powerful, vigorous, dangerous, and one of the nation's billionaire businessmen, has jumped to his death. When Renko is called in to investigate, he uncovers hidden demons and byzantine international plots that drove this oligarch to his death. The trail leads to The Zone: the area surrounding Chernobyl, site of the Earth's worst nuclear reactor accident eighteen years ago. It is a ghostly world, still glowing, inhabited by Russian militia, hearty elderly Ukrainians who refuse to relocate, and shady entrepreneurs who seem to have figured out ways to make a few rubles on the radioactive graves of so many. Renko's journey to this netherworld, the crimes he uncovers there and the secrets they reveal about his nation, make for a tense, unforgettable page-turning adventure.
Filled with the detail and color that make each of Martin Cruz Smith's novels a ticket to an unknown world, Wolves Eat Dogs is Renko's most harrowing trip. - Source: Powell's Books