We gave it a B+
STALIN’S GHOST Martin Cruz Smith As detective Arkady Renko investigates the appearance of Joseph Stalin’s spirit on a Moscow train, the dogged cop is also forced to confront some more personal ghosts in Martin Cruz Smith?s Stalin?s Ghost.
A WWII-era mine that ”at close range…could cut a man in half” — and does.
Smith skillfully evokes a very modern Russia, where American spin doctors assist homegrown political candidates and killings take place amid KFC tubs. B+