November 14, 2013 / Columbus Museum of Art
The hero of the spectacular bestseller, Gorky Park, returns in Tatiana, a captivating, realistic and damning novel of modern Russia. Arkady Renko - the cynical, melancholy, quietly subversive investigator, survived the transition from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find, not surprisingly, that little has changed. Tatiana Petrovna is a fearless investigative reporter who falls to her death from a sixth-floor window the same day a mob billionaire is shot and killed. There is no overt connection except to Arkady who discovers revealing tapes Tatiana had made. He delves into her past, the trail leading to a Cold War "secret city" and a coded notebook that only a teenage chess hustler can decode. Rich in character, dark humor, and incredible narrative drive, this is Martin Cruz Smith's most powerful novel to date.