Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is called to a murder in Gorky Park.
Three bodies lie under a crust of ice, their identities erased with chilling precision.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is faced with three unidentified bodies and no apparent motive for the crime.
Plus, his old adversary from the KGB, Major Pribluda, is showing a disquieting interest in the Gorky Park case.
Arkady Renko is beginning to make headway in his investigation into the triple murder in Gorky Park.
Not only does he suspect that one of the victims is an American, but he has tracked down the owner of the ice skates worn by one of the others.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko has acquired the KGB surveillance tapes for all foreigners visiting Moscow during the month preceding the murders in Gorky Park.
Not only is he convinced that there is an American connection, but there appears to be a German tourist involved as well.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko has finally begun to make a breakthrough in his investigation into the murders in Gorky Park.
But when he sends his friend Detective Pavlovich to pick up a suspect religious chest from the apartment of a known ikon dealer, both the dealer and his colleague are shot dead.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko believes he finally knows the identity of the murder victims discovered in Gorky Park.
But he is convinced that the KGB are setting him up to fail in cracking the case, because it involves an American fur trader with whom they do business.
All he has to do is prove it.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is harbouring Irina Asanova from both the KGB and the American furrier he suspects of the murders in Gorky Park.
But while she still believes her friends escaped over the border, she won't tell him any of the things she knows about Osborne.
Chief Investigator Arkady Renko takes Irina Asanova to the cabin where her dead friends were hiding out, in order to shock her into admitting what business a rich American furrier had with three ordinary Siberians.
Arkady Renko has had to let Osborne catch his flight back to the safety of the United States in exchange for the information about where Irina has been taken, in order to save her life.
After months of questioning by the Russian authorities, Arkady Renko can't quite believe that he's still alive.
But what he hasn't realised is that the KGB need him to help them by flying to the United States.