But over the course of his stay he is made privy to the inner world of the man he must kill - his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his Ministers, forcing them to obey him or suffer the most deadly punishments.

The Courilof Affair 2008, Vintage, London

ISBN-13: 9780099493983

Mass-market paperback

The Courilof Affair 2008, Vintage Books Canada

ISBN-13: 9780676979671

Trade paperback