Hardcover, 293 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2013 by Simon &Schuster.

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2 stars (1 review)

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Review of 'Tatiana' on Goodreads

2 stars

On the same day as the funeral of a Russian gangster, Investigator Arkady Renko hears of the death of Tatiana, a journalist noted for tackling corruption in Moscow. The two events don't seem entirely coincidental to Renko and, as usual, he decides to ask a few questions.

Martin Cruz Smith has long been a favorite author of mine--starting with Gorky Park right on until Wolves Eat Dogs. However, he had lost his way with his next two novels, and so I approached Tatiana with apprehension. What I got was a slightly better story, but it felt like Martin Cruz Smith-lite. The narrative is lighter and the subject matter is less weighty and less thought-provoking. Part of this can be explained by his recent revelation that he has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for almost two decades and that the last several years have been quite difficult for him. However, …