Pub date 1st June 1989
Original publisher Macmillan (UK)/ Ballantine Books (US)
International publishers Mondadori (Italy), Albatros (Poland), Art Grup Editorial (Romania), Olma Media Group (Russia), Grup Editorial 62 (Spain),
Arkady Renko is exiled on Polar Star, a Soviet factory ship which trawls the freezing waters from Siberia to Alaska: current status seaman (second class), his movements shadowed by those who know his past. Then Renko is given a chance to reclaim his freedom – by investigating a lonely and very mysterious death . . .