The Siberian Dilemma

The Siberian Dilemma Review

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Gorky Park and Tatiana comes a breathtaking new novel about investigator Arkady Renko—“one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction” (USA TODAY)—who travels deep into Siberia to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna.

Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s part-time lover, hasn’t seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, he’s positive something is wrong. No one else thinks Renko should be worried—Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments—but he knows her enemies all too well and the criminal lengths they’ll go to keep her quiet.

Renko embarks on a dangerous journey to find Tatiana and bring her back. From the banks of Lake Baikal to rundown Chita, Renko slowly learns that Tatiana has been profiling the rise of political dissident Mikhail Kuznetsov, a golden boy of modern oil wealth and the first to pose a true threat to Putin’s rule in over a decade. Though Kuznetsov seems like the perfect candidate to take on the corruption in Russian politics, his reputation becomes clouded when Boris Benz, his business partner and best friend, turns up dead. In a land of shamans and brutally cold nights, oligarchs wealthy on northern oil, and sea monsters that are said to prowl the deepest lake in the world, Renko needs all his wits about him to get Tatiana out alive.

The Washington Post has said “Martin Cruz Smith is that rare phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction.” In the latest continuation of his unforgettable series, he brings us to the inside world of shadowy political figures and big wig oil oligarchs providing us with an authentic view of contemporary Russia, infused with his trademark wit.

Title:The Siberian Dilemma
Edition Language:English

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    The Siberian Dilemma Reviews

  • Kylie D

    Jaded Moscow investigator Arkady Renko returns in The Siberian Dilemma, many years after he made his debut in the famed Gorky Park. Having read, and loved, other books in this series I was more than h...

  • Paromjit

    What a joy to see the return of the iconic Arkady Renko in his 9th outing by Martin Cruz Smith set in the terror and tyranny of Putin's Russia, symbolised by the bear, a brutal corrupt kleptocracy of ...

  • Thomas

    4 stars for another enjoyable read by Martin Cruz Smith. This is #9 in the Arkady Renko series and it can be read as a stand alone, but would probably work better if you have read the previous books i...

  • Barbara

    In this 9th book in the 'Arkady Renko' series, the Moscow detective goes to Siberia to lock up a criminal, and to look for his journalist girlfriend. The book can be read as a standalone.*****Detectiv...

  • Carolyn

    This ninth novel in Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series takes place mostly in Siberia where Arkady is sent to prosecute a Chechen charged with trying to assassinate Arkady's boss, Prosecutor Zurin. While...

  • Shruti

    The Siberian Dilemma is the ninth book in the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith and the book that introduced me to this author and these characters. Which makes me wonder if I would have enjoye...

  • Kathleen

    The Russian investigator, Arkady Renko’s normal home base is Moscow, but in this offering we find him heading to Siberia to interrogate a Chechen accused of shooting at his boss. Coincidentally, it ...

  • Michael

    I am always eager to take up another episode in the tough life of Arkady Renko as an investigator for the Moscow prosecutor’s office, initially in Soviet times starting with “Gorky Park” in the ...

  • David Wasley

    Dull, lacking political and social atmosphere and no action. Time for Arkady Renko to retire. On the plus side, it is a short book....

  • Alex Cantone

    Bolot was too much a force of nature to be a mere factotum or even an entrepreneur. Bolot was an iceberg, all bright surfaces and hidden depths, and like an iceberg he rotated now and then to show a n...