Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

Name: Eileen Effrat

Author: Martin Cruz Smith

Title: Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

What he/she said about the book: Arakady Renko, Senior Investigator for Very Important Cases in Moscow, is still on the job after 30 years. Politically and socially,things have not changed much. Putin’s “New Russia” is just as corrupt as Renko’s first police investigation at Gorky Park in 1981. This is the 8th novel in the series and Renko is just as cynical and persistent as always. A Russian investigative reporter reputedly jumps from a window,a crime boss is gunned down,and a Swiss translator on business in Kaliningrad is murdered; all three within days. The key to these seemingly unrelated events is a notebook left behind by the translator. As the action shifts between Moscow and Kaliningrad,Smith vividly portrays daily life in Russia. This latest book in the series does not disappoint.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.