Vassily was not accustomed to leaving Moscow for his assignments. This was because his boss Misha had the circumspection of the true paranoid, and liked to have his best assassin-cum-bodyguard on hand at all times: but this was a special mission. The heroin from Afghanistan hadn’t been getting through. It had been entering Boris Lukovich’s Ukrainian territory and simply vanishing, despite what Boris and Misha had agreed at the summit six years ago. And the heroin must get through. Misha had made that very clear.