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Published by Simon & Schuster, 14 November 2019. ISBN:
What is the Siberian dilemma? An example: A fisherman
is moving around on a frozen lake, listening all the while for sounds that the
ice is cracking so he can take evasive action. But the ice does crack, and the
fisherman falls into the freezing water. If he gets out, he will almost
certainly die of cold in a few seconds; if he stays in the water he might have
a minute or so more. What to do?
is to Siberia that Special Investigator Arkady Renko, the protagonist of this
ninth novel in this author’s Russian series, is told by his boss Prosecutor Zurin
to go to Irkutsk in Siberia to pick up a Chechen youth called Aba Makhmud who
allegedly attempted to murder Zurin, take him into custody, and ensure he is
convicted and gets a good long sentence – pretty standard criminal procedural
practice in Putin’s Russia! Another factor is that Tatiana Petrovna, a
journalist and Renko’s lover, had gone to Irkutsk to interview for the weekly
political publication Russia Now.
Kuznetsov, an idealistic oligarch who is considering running for president
against Putin. There also seems to be a connection between Tatiana and a rich
property developer with gangland connections called Boris Benz. Renko has been
expecting her back by now but she has not returned. During the flight to
Irkutsk he makes the acquaintance of a native Mongolian, Rinchin Bolat, who
insists that he would be ideal as Renko’s factotum. Once in Irkutsk Renko
discovers that the story of Aba Makhmud is not what he was told it was and the
charge against him is modified to take account. But for Renko finding Tatiana
is more important and when he does find her he is surprised to find that
Kuznetsov is really likeable and even has a good word to say for Boris Benz. Benz
arranges that Renko and Bolat should go with him by helicopter to Lake Baikal
to hunt bears and Tatiana insists on going with him. A bear is indeed shot and
killed, but then Renko, Tatiana and Bolat find that they are alone in the
frozen Siberian forest with no way of getting out – they are faced with the
Siberian dilemma and have to make a choice.
book, almost a novella rather than a full-length narrative, is rather short
even though it is bumped out with maps and illustrations, blank pages at the
end of chapters, and extra spaces between lines in the text. It does, however,
present a fascinating picture of life in Russia today and a compelling
depiction of icy cold, snowbound Siberia. And there is an enjoyable episode in
which Bolat and Renko take part in a shamanistic ritual; although Bolat insists
that shamanism is genuine and effective, Renko is totally sceptical about
born in 1942 in Reading, Pennsylvania. His novels include, Tatiana, Gorky Park, Stalin's Ghost, Wolves
Eat Dogs, Polar Star and Stallion
Gate. A two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International
Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain's Golden Dagger Award,
he lives in California.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.