2014 Book Reviews

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith

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In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko.

In Tatiana, Smith delivers his most ambitious and politically daring novel since.

When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire Grisha Grigorenko is shot in the back of the head, Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.

The body of an elite government translator shows up on the sand dunes of Kalingrad: killed for nothing but a cryptic notebook filled with symbols. A frantic hunt begins to locate and decipher this notebook.

In a fast-changing and lethal race to uncover what this translator knew, and how he planned to reveal it to the world, Renko makes a startling discovery that propels him deeper into Tatiana’s past – and, at the same time, paradoxically, into Russia’s future.’

Thank you to Jamie at Simon And Schuster for a copy of Tatiana to review, I really appreciate it.

Tatiana starts with an interpreter at a secret meeting who is killed while biking on a Baltic Beach. Tatiana, an investigative journalist gains control of his notebook from that meeting, but it’s written in pictograph code known only to the dead man.

Then goes on to Renko, who decides to investigate the suicide of Tatiana Petrovna. Tatiana had apparently committed suicide recently by jumping from a sixth floor window. Renko gets involved even though this is a case no one, including his partner, is interested in. But Renko gets it under his skin and feels that it’s something big and that it’s in connection to the death of the translator and he now has this notebook in his possession and a lot of people want to get their hands on it

I really wanted to like this book, but sadly it felt too much like hard work for me. I really found myself struggling to read it and I had to force myself to finish it. Had I bought it I would of probably given up if I’m honest.

That doesn’t mean to say you won’t enjoy it though, everyone likes different things and reading is all a matter of opinion.

You can get Tatiana in paperback and on kindle.


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