Oct 30, 2013

TATIANA: A Novel by Martin Cruz Smith

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Title: Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
Expected publication: November 12, 2013; Simon and Schuster
Genre: suspense, crime fiction
Source: publisher

Book description:
One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko—cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive—has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

The fearless investigative reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigorenko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana’s voice, even as she describes horrific crimes hidden by official versions. The trail leads to Kaliningrad, a Cold War “secret city” and home of the Baltic Fleet, separated by hundreds of miles from the rest of Russia. Arkady delves into Tatiana’s past and a surreal world of wandering dunes and amber mines. His only link is a notebook written in the personal code of a translator whose body is found in the dunes. Arkady’s only hope of decoding the symbols lies in Zhenya, a teenage chess hustler.

Sounds like a book about post-Communism Russia that would be fascinating.
What new books are you waiting on?


  1. I do love the sound of this one...thanks for sharing; and thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

  2. Tatiana does sound fascinating. Great choice, Harvee!

  3. This does sound like an interesting one!

  4. I did not know that Martin Cruz Smith was still writing. Years ago I read Nightwing which at the time I thought was a very effective thriller. This sounds like it might be good.

  5. I am waiting for "Waiting for Wednsday" by Nicci French.


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