Ace Assassin Donald Moran has been hired by high-level Russian officers to kill Mikhail Gorbachev and destabilize the Soviet Union. But when the job is called off at the eleventh hour, it is already too late to stop Moran—a psychopath, he has spent the last twenty hours refining his perfect plan . . . and it will take much more than canceled orders to prevent him from putting it into deadly motion. Now the only thing standing between Gorbachev and a bullet is Russian Investigator Nikolai Ganin, who must pit his wits against a psychopathic monster if he hopes to stop the attack.