The shadowy world of the Russian Mafia is rarely a welcoming one to those who unwittingly stumble into it. For most it means death, but for a few it spells a fate far worse. When Sophie Akehurst, a beautiful and astute politics student who moonlights as a bartender at the London Savoy, inadvertently bears witness to the secretive dealings of the Vor V Zakone, she gets mercilessly dragged into a sinister world ruled over by a powerful consortium of underworld barons whose ties stretch to the highest echelons of power - from the White House to the Kremlin. Sold as a toy to the highest bidder, Sophie finds herself at the mercy of Alexei Ronov, an elusive baron of the secret arms trade. But Ronov proves himself to be a man of many faces - and just as many secrets. And in a world of high-stakes power games, such secrets can lead to the unlikeliest of alliances. Copyright © Laureline Ducros The moral right of Laureline Ducros to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents act of 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.