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Before Arkady Renko there was Inspector Pekkala,
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This review is from: Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala) (Paperback)
I am a huge fan of the Martin Cruz Smith series of Arkady Renko books, and having read them all, I was recomended the Inspector Pekkala series.
Straight away I was hooked when I read the basic plot and reviews to see that it was my kind of stories and gave it a try.
This book is a fantastic introduction, as it follows two stories. One set in the 1930's following Inspector Pekkala as he is dragged out of the Gulags and forced to do a deal with the devil and work for the man who put him in the Gulags in the first place.
The second story is in terms of flashbacks to cover his rise to power from working in his dads undertakers buisness in Finland (then part of the Russian empire) to becoming the personal bodyguard/detective of the Russian Tsar right up to the Russian revolution.
The book is written in such a clear and fast way that you can have it read in a good day, and it still stays fresh once you put it down.
I am now hooked to the series and have read all 3 books, and looking forward to the 4th book being released in the near future.