Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith

Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith --- 292 pages

Martin Cruz Smith has been writing about Inspector Renko over many years, beginning with Gorky Park, when his melancholy and --- in his persistent pursuit of the truth --- relentless Moscow police inspector was rooting through the dirty secrets of the Soviet police state.  Now in the bleak aftermath of peristrioka and glasnost, Renko collects evidence of the same brutality and corruption creating a monstrous regime in Putin's New Russia.

A Russian mob boss is assassinated in Moscow, setting off a power struggle among his rivals and would-be successors; a translator hired to interpret for a business meeting in distant Kaliningrad is murdered on a lonely beach, and his notes from that secret meeting disappear; a fearless invesitgative reporter returns from Kaliningrad with the missing notebook, only to commit suicide by allegedly throwing herself from her apartment balcony in Moscow. Coincidence? Renko doesn't think so.  But how to make the connections to prove his case?

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