Greg King. The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Youssoupov and the Murder That Helped Bring Down the Russian Empire. Felix Youssoupov (aka Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov) was second in wealth to the Romanovs. His family owned four palaces in St. Petersburg, three in Moscow, over 30 estates throughout Russia, and a host of coal mines, flour mills, oil fields, etc. Who better to scheme to murder Rasputin by luring him to his palace with the participation of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich (first cousin of Nicholas II) than Yousoupoff? Drawing on documents from the St. Petersburg police files and containing many previously unseen photographs, King chronicles this stranger than fiction account. Filled with details of pre-revolutionary Russian life. A compelling account and a page-turner.
NY: Birch Lane Press, 1996. First edition, first printing. 306 pages. Index and photos. Like new hardcover with dustjacket in a protective clear Mylar jacket cover.