Tatiana is the eighth book in the Arkady Renko series, the first of which, Gorky Park, was published in 1980. A lot of water has passed under the bridge in the intervening thirty years, including the demise of the Soviet Union and the rise of Russian oligarchs. Tatiana focuses on the latter and what seems like the tenuous connection between the deaths of a billionaire and a fearless investigative journalist. The themes of the dangers of being a journalist in Russia and the corruption existing between state agencies and large businesses was topical and interesting. However, the set up felt overly contrived and elaborate, hinging on a coded notebook, an odd collective and a state conspiracy, with some of the connections and back story a little sketchy. Moreover, it made little sense that Arkady is allowed to continue to poke his nose around given the stakes. That said, the story is nicely written, with a sense of melancholy pervading the prose, and Renko remains an appealing, taciturn, pragmatic and quietly determined investigator. Overall, an interesting story that felt somewhat contrived and also a little thin.