There aren’t many books that can be compared to the colossal Crime Fiction drama that “Gorky Park” is. Nor have I read a better book than “The Unquiet” (the book I read before “Polar Star”) this year. So “Polar Star” being the second entry in the Arkady Renko series not only had a tremendous pressure to living up to “Gorky Park”, but also had to make me forget “The Unquiet”; a book with a fascinating yet controversial and very sad topic — child abuse and John Connolly’s best book.
“Polar Star” disappoints in many ways, but no necessarily for being a bad book, but because the two aforementioned books are, in my opinion, amongst the best of the best in the Mystery PI/Detective genre.
“Polar Star” is a book for readers that are looking for an atypical, ironic and clever anti-hero. Arkady Renko is a man of words rather than violence, and as Arkady, I think Martin Cruz Smith is also an atypical Crime Fiction author. He writes compelling stories that are a weird yet extraordinary blend of literature and Noir mentality.
― I just started reading “Red Square”, see you soon!