Chernobyl: the Zone of Exclusion. A ghostly place, deserted and forgotten for almost two decades; now inhabited by militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists, and some elderly Ukrainian peasants . . . This is the eerie and dangerous world Inspector Arkady Renko must navigate if he is to find out the truth behind the death of one of Russias richest oligarchs. Pasha Ivanov has been found dead on the pavement outside his luxury high-rise apartment in Moscow. It seems like a straightforward suicide, but Renko, never one to take evidence at face value, refuses to drop the case, and there is something puzzling him: a mountain of salt found in Ivanovs wardrobe . . . Determined to look deeper into the circumstances of Ivanovs demise, he acquaints himself with this wealthy businessmans powerful and corrupt circle, until his investigations lead him to Chernobyls notorious Zone of Exclusion, where the body of Lev Timofeyev, Ivanovs former research partner, has been discovered in a contaminated cemetery . . . Masterfully crafted and told with extraordinary insight and imaginative breadth, the bestselling author of GORKY PARK brings us Renkos most beguiling and unusual adventure to date.
Auteur, entre autres ouvrages, de Parc Gorki, Chiens et Loups, L'Étoile polaire et Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith a reçu la Gold Dagger anglaise et le Hammett Prize américain. Il vit avec sa femme et ses enfants dans le nord de la Californie.