The book is a part of Smith´s Arkady Renko detective series which started with the acclaimed novel "Gorky Park". Now the Moscow criminal investigator Renko inquires into the death of journalist "Tatjana", which is officially declared as a suicide. Reno has to deal with the mafia, corrupt colleagues, willful friends and the problems of modern Russia.
it is a slow story. Martin Cruz Smith is more interested in the political, sociologic and psychology aspects than in action. He spiced the novel with bitter & cynical remarks and with a pinch of dark humor. So "Tajana" resembles more the novels of Patricia Highsmith than the thrillers of Raymond Chandler, and there is even a touch of Donna Tart`s "Goldfinch" in it.
If you want a glance of today´s Russia in the shape of a psychological detective story, "Tatjana" could be the right book for you.