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Stalin's Ghost

Martin Cruz Smith

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 Mikolai 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 jealousy. The 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 surprises.

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 Mikolai 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 jealousy. The 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 surprises.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 Mikolai 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 jealousy. The 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 surprises.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Henry Strozier

Length:

11h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:30

Introduction
Introduction

02:24


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

42:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

39:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:15