Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 12, 2013 - Fiction - 292 pages
13 Reviews
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Arkady Renko, one of the iconic inves­tigators of contemporary fiction, 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—cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive—unravels a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.

The fearless reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigo-renko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one else makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana’s voice describing horrific crimes in words that are at odds with the Kremlin’s official versions.

The trail leads to Kaliningrad, a Cold War “secret city” that is separated by hundreds of miles from the rest of Russia. The more Arkady delves into Tatiana’s past, the more she leads him into a surreal world of wandering sand dunes, abandoned chil­dren, and a notebook written in the personal code of a dead translator. Finally, in a lethal race to uncover what the translator knew, Arkady makes a startling discovery that draws him still deeper into Tatiana’s past—and, paradoxically, into Russia’s future, where bulletproof cars, poets, corruption of the Baltic Fleet, and a butcher for hire combine to give Kaliningrad the “distinction” of having the highest crime rate in Russia.

More than a mystery, Tatiana is Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious and politically daring novel since Gorky Park. It is a story rich in character, black humor, and romance, with an insight that is the hallmark of a writer the New York Times has called “endlessly entertaining and deeply serious . . . [not merely] our best writer of suspense, but one of our best writers, period.”
 

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User Review  - Dream24 - LibraryThing

I received an ARC through Goodreads. ---- This is the first book of the Arkady Renko series that I have read. The first 2 chapters captured my attention and left me intrigued. However, as the story ... Read full review

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User Review  - malcrf - LibraryThing

I had wondered if Cruz Smith and Renko had lost their way with Three Stations, but Tatiana, whilst not his best, is a worthy return to form. Easy evocative prose, great characterization and a fascinating setting................welcome back! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
31
Section 6
41
Section 7
53
Section 8
65
Section 19
151
Section 20
155
Section 21
161
Section 22
171
Section 23
179
Section 24
197
Section 25
207
Section 26
213

Section 9
77
Section 10
89
Section 11
97
Section 12
103
Section 13
111
Section 14
117
Section 15
121
Section 16
127
Section 17
137
Section 18
145
Section 27
225
Section 28
233
Section 29
239
Section 30
249
Section 31
257
Section 32
263
Section 33
273
Section 34
281
Section 35
289
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Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Polar Star, Stalin’s Ghost, Rose, December 6, Tatiana, and The Girl from Venice. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California.

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