If you’ve had the flu recently you may not have felt like moving much, maybe not even hearing any annoying noise (TV, radio, spouse). So what is one to do, because one can’t sleep ALL day?
Well, I recommend re-reading a novel, or series, of books that you have read before (preferably many years ago, so that the only part that you remember is that you LIKED the book). This will prevent any tiring hard thinking, when you need to conserve resources. Why take a chance on a disturbing NEW novel when you are sick?
Martin Cruz Smith wrote Gorky Park in 1981, followed by Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, Wolves Eat Dogs, and Stalin’s Ghost. These 6 novels span almost a 30 year period of social and political upheaval in what used to be the USSR, as the intrepid Arkady Renko labors as an Investigator under ever new regimes. Of course he is sort of a Clint Eastwood type, a moral loner, who always faces tremendous roadblocks from hidden and surprising forces, before he ultimately solves the case.
Tim O’Brien has a good sums-it-up look at the series when he reviews “Stalin’s Ghost” in the New York Times.