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Publisher Description

A real-life political assassination story--complete with KGB, CIA, MI5, and Russian mobsters--that reverberates from the streets of London to the deadly halls of today's Kremlin. A Vintage Original.

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death was Polonium--a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. This is the inside story of the life and death of Litvinenko. And it is the story of the aftermath: a decade of geopolitical disruptions still felt today. In A Very Expensive Poison, Luke Harding guides readers through a maze of spies, intrigue, organized crime, and political power players to uncover the truth about Litvinenko's murder. In doing so, not only does he also become a target, but he also unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin, which sheds terrifying light on Russia's secret war with the West.

Politics & Current Events
January 24
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

dankorus ,

Needs heavy copy-editing

So far I'm only 10% through the book. The subject is interesting, but only after reading this book did I come to fully appreciate the eloquent language of practically every other book I've read. It is painful to read this book. I'm not just talking about the occasional grammatical error, but about poor choice of words and sentence structure. I feel bad complaining about language, because the book deals with such important issues. But I also feel the book could be so much better—and convey the subject matter much more clearly—if a copy-editor worked through it. Please.

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