Nicholai Helgenius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassinwas first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic 1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now, critically-acclaimed author Don Winslow continues Hels story for the first time in this all-new, blockbuster thriller. It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging.
Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or naked kill, fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary proximity sense-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the worlds most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.
The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Unions Commissioner to China. Its almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.