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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,990 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Cruz Smith Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arkady Renko Novels Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780743567633
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In Wolves Eat Dogs, beloved detective Arkady Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence...in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.

Ivanov's demise ultimately leads Renko on a journey through Chernobyl's netherworld. The crimes he uncovers and the secrets they reveal about the New Russia, make for a tense, unforgettable adventure. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smith has a keen eye for the comical quirks of modern-day Russia—its chaotic roadways, voracious appetite for post-communist luxuries, and evolving ethics.”  

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Martin Cruz Smith is a master of the international thriller."

    -- The New York Times
  • “This novel demonstrates Cruz Smith’s remarkable ability to meld character with landscape.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2014

    " I haven't read an Arkady Renko book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pturingan | 2/6/2014

    " I've read all the Arkady Renko books and I have to say that this (along with Polar Star) has got to be my favorite. I'm a big fan of the Arkady Renko character although I never thought that I would be at first. I thought I would get tired of an endlessly pessimistic, self-defeatist character like Renko but he just keeps getting better every time. I love the fact that he always expects the worst, never expects to win, seems to have a death wish, and yet always solves the case in the end. I also love that the author keeps sending him into more and more extreme situations everytime and this one has to be one of the most extreme locations possible as he tries to do detective work in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 International Cat Lady | 1/30/2014

    " This book was absolutely wonderful. I've enjoyed all of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels, and this was no exception. Additionally, I began reading it while I was in Ukraine, preparing to go to Chernobyl and Pripyat, and I finished it after my trip. I was able to go to many of the places which featured prominently in the book - I can definitely confirm that it was well researched in addition to well written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/28/2014

    " A page turner that takes place in post-meltdown Chernobyl. Fascinating just because of that, but does have a cool plot of some sort overlaid onto it, although I forget what it was completely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdw | 1/25/2014

    " good russian detective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Mcintosh | 1/24/2014

    " Well plotted, excellently, even, but for me the real thrills of Martin Cruz Smith's writing are his evocation of place, his world-weary, tragically humorous characters, and his offhandedly brilliant descriptive phrases. A total pleasure to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Seals | 1/20/2014

    " I got about 1/2 way through, and I just couldn't finish it. It's rare, as I always have to finish a book...but I didn't want to take any more time with this one. I usually enjoy Martin Cruz-Smith's books, but this one just never picked up, and I couldn't keep the characters straight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 1/20/2014

    " My second experience of Arkady Renko, and nearly as good as Gorky Park. Taking the story to Chernobyl was inspired and led me to do more reading about some of the child victims of the disaster there. The view of the post-glasnost society/culture was informative, and Renko even more brooding. I might need to go back and chew on the second, third and fourth installments in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 1/17/2014

    " I've become a fan of Martin Cruz Smith and his 'wounded' Inspector Arkady Renko. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a good mystery novel peopled with three-dimensional characters who are a basic part of the story, not a convenient prop. I still don't want to travel to Russia, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2014

    " A mostly entertaining and relatively light read (in the sense that it won't change the world). Apparently I like detective stories set in Russia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/20/2013

    " Actually, I listened to it. A good listen and made the drive I was doing go quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexy | 10/18/2013

    " I found it confusing up until the last page. I am not a big fan of mysteries which is probably the problem- so I am not the best person to review this book. I only read it since it is set in Ukraine. From that perspective, it was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fan Francis | 9/3/2013

    " Another investigative narration of Arkady's exploits that he must be prepared to fight in his quest to reveal the truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antoine | 6/30/2013

    " Absolutely fantastic ! Loved it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 FittenTrim | 6/9/2013

    " Normally, Martin Cruz Smith is a sure-thing, but this book is not his usual home-run. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oliver | 5/31/2013

    " Not a bad little detective story. Cruz-Smith writes good simple prose, knows how to run plot and has a has some pretty cinematic imagery. Lightweight but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/20/2013

    " Once again, reading a Detective Arkady novel is a journey into Russian culture and politics, in addition to a murder mystery. Very fascinating. Parts of this book, which involves Chernobyl, the causes and the aftermath, are a bit slow, but it's easy to race through those. Overall, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 12/1/2012

    " Niet alleen spannend, zoals gewoonlijk, maar je leert ook nog iets bij over de situatie rond Tsjernobyl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 11/9/2012

    " Tagline: Renko returns. Totally brilliant - can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/17/2012

    " Who doesn't love Arkady Renko? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John McKenna | 12/29/2011

    " An intense page-turning marvel from one of the masters of the detective and mystery genre. I also highly recommend Gorky Park and Polar Star "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 12/21/2011

    " I would never have finished if I wasn't reading it for book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/5/2011

    " Oh yeah! here we go-- mindless and fun summer beach reading. The russian mafia, our old hero Arkady Renko from Gorky Park, a murder -- just what the doctor ordered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Berry | 9/7/2011

    " Interesting characters, setting, and back story. I thought the plot was weak, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Wolf | 7/12/2011

    " fascinating series by Smith "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Snow | 6/26/2011

    " Great read. I learned much about Chernobyl as well as having a fascinating plot to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 4/19/2011

    " One of the worst books I have read in a long time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/28/2011

    " I loved this book. The mystery takes place in Chernobyl where there is a thriving community of offbeat characters living off the land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadoh | 3/27/2011

    " ok so far, fascinating and horrific about the chernobyl area. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 3/7/2011

    " This book is really boring and it has one plotlline that is dragged out too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 1/11/2011

    " Smith does a great job is giving the reader background of the Chernobyl disaster that is the base of this mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/5/2011

    " Honest Russian policeman Arkady Renko investigates in Chernobyl. Superb! When you read about Chernobyl it makes you want to go there and experience it - I ended up reading round the subject in some detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/1/2011

    " You can't go wrong with MCS, especially one of the Arkady Renko novels. Oddly, despite all the death, sickness and destruction related to Chernobyl (where the story is set) there appear to be some good times for the Inspector. Ends on an upnote, very unusual for these bleak, Russian downers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 12/21/2010

    " sometimes confusing and almost always very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 12/21/2010

    " I just love the Arkady Renko character because things never come easily to him. Anyway, these books are starting to become a bit formulaic (there's a woman, Renko's in some shithole setting), but I'm still enjoying them and looking forward to reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 12/6/2010

    " A good read with a super interesting setting - Chernobyl and the Zone of Exclusion! Yikes! Definitely a lot of action and intrigue, but I didn't like it quite as much as the other 3 Renko novels I've read. But I did enjoy the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/31/2010

    " Another in a fine series of mysteries, by Martin Cruz Smith, featuring disgraced police officer Arkady Renko. Now stationed in the Ukraine. Excellent story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 9/29/2010

    " I love the very wounded and imperfect Arkady Renko. His perserverance and darkness appeal to me, and his unassuming rightness is a treat for me. I wonder if he'll ever stop talking with William Hurt's voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/23/2010

    " Renko as reluctant father figure and in a new relationship - ever the tragic hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/13/2010

    " I enjoy the Arkady Renko series. This was a good story. Renko is a Russian policeman, a very good investigator, always in trouble politically because he won't play the game. This story involved Chernobyl. "

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About the Author
Author Martin Cruz Smith

Martin Cruz-Smith’s novels include Stalin’s Ghost, Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star, and Stallion Gate. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award. Currently, he lives in California.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.