A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Luke Harding

Narrated By: Nicholas Guy Smith

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2017

Duration: 13 hours 13 minutes


A true story of murder and conspiracy that points directly to Vladimir Putin, by The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief.

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium—a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story—complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko’s murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia’s current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. In doing so, he becomes a target himself and unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia’s fracturing relationship with the West.


  • richard s

    I thought this was an excellent book and very well researched. It sheds a very critical spotlight on what President Putin and his extremely wealthy administration can do when they put there mind to it. The book flowed very nicely. I was sorry when it came to an end.