Retail pak Random House Audio 1992
CS ISBN 0679416978 $16.00 Two cassettes
Arkady Renko returns to another thriller full of Russian intrigue in a contemporary setting. Renko has been reinstated as an investigator, but once again he quickly has all sides after him. O'Keefe chooses to accent all the characters' speech heavily. Subtlety is lost, and the Russians tend to sound much the same. However, the narration is clear, and O'Keefe speaks each complicated name with clarity and ease. Nonetheless, he can't make up for an abridgment that lacks coherence. Smith's cryptic novels are devilishly hard to keep straight and the abridgment doesn't help. This presentation is an excellent draw to an unabridged recording or the full written text. R.F.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: MAR 93]
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