The Master and the Molotov is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to protagonist Niko Bellic by Dimitri Rascalov from the Hove Beach district of Broker, Liberty City. This mission introduces the fire escape stairs and Body Armor to the player.
The Petrovic Family are threatening to kill Dimitri if his leader, Mikhail Faustin is not killed soon. Niko is sent by Dimitri to kill Faustin because Faustin's recklessness is getting out of control. Kenny Petrovic also wants revenge on Mikhail for ordering the killing of his son Lenny and destroying his garage in Bohan. Dimitri explains that he was able to negotiate with Petrovic so that only Faustin would be killed. Dimitri tells Petrovic that Niko was just a hired gun, and Petrovic is willing to spare Niko on the condition that Niko kills Faustin himself.
Niko heads over to Perestroika (if the player has no armor, Dimitri texts Niko and explains that he has left some at the side of the club, the armor will be marked by a blue dot at the east side of the club). Niko confronts Faustin, who sends some of his goons to kill him whilst he escapes. Once Niko kills all the thugs, a cutscene will show Faustin escaping to the back of the club. Niko follows him, taking out any goons in his path, and then climb the stairs at the end of the alleyway to confront Faustin, who will be waiting for Niko at the roof of the club.
On the roof, Faustin warns Niko that Dimitri will betray him, as America has made him "greedy". Niko ignores this and executes Faustin, who falls off the roof to his death.
After Faustin's death, Niko phones Dimitri to inform him. Dimitri tells Niko he did the right thing and that he will talk to Kenny Petrovic.
In order to complete the mission the player must:
- Go to Faustin's club.
- Faustin is inside Perestroika.
- Faustin is getting away. Chase him.
- Mikhail Faustin - Killed by Niko on the orders of Dimitri Rascalov.
- Numerous members of the Faustin Bratva (optional) - Killed by Niko in order to confront Faustin.
There is no reward for completing this mission, but the mission Russian Revolution is unlocked (providing the missions Concrete Jungle and Shadow have been completed) following Dimitri's phone call to Niko.
- Niko phones Dimitri to inform him of Faustin's death, with Dimitri telling Niko he will speak with Petrovic. A short time later, Dimitri phones Niko (or vice-versa) and asks Niko to meet him at a warehouse in East Hook.
Weazel News (Radio)
"Police reports are telling us there's been a violent shootout at a nightclub in Hove Beach. Mike Whitley at the scene.
Mike Whitley: "That's right, i'm inside the Perestroika nightclub, scene of a bloodbath. We've got several people who may be dead and blood everywhere...it's just horrific. One of the dead is thought to be the club's owner, Mikhail Faustin. It's the latest in a string of violent crimes in the Hove Beach area and police are mystified as to what has caused them."
Liberty Tree Newspaper
"A nightclub owner is dead and the beachside communities of east Broker are in panic after another violent shootout last night. Patrons at the Russian-themed Perestroika night club and cabaret were horrified when an argument between the owner and a man he appeared to know ended in murder. The owner, Mikhail Faustin, 45, was killed along with several accomplices whose names have not yet been released by police. The assailant escaped. Eye witnesses described a dark-haired European man in his late twenties or early 30s of average height and build, which does not narrow it down that much."
"The mostly Russian community of Hove Beach is in shock. Mr. Faustin was a well known local figure, a colorful man who ran one of the best dinner clubs in the area. A lover of life, he leaves a wife and daughter."
- The name of this mission is a reference to the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
- Despite the name of the mission, no Molotov Cocktails are used, although it could refer to Faustin's volatile nature.
- In the beta, Faustin would throw Molotov Cocktails from behind the bar, as evidenced by unused quotes.
- When Faustin falls to his death, he will scream, but not in his own voice; in place of Faustin's voice is a random scream used by NPCs.
- This is the only time in the game that Mikhail Faustin appears outside of cutscenes.
- Even though this mission is given by Dimitri Rascalov, the game statistics consider it a mission for Mikhail Faustin.
- The thunderstorm which appears during this mission is scripted.
- If the player hasn't harmed Mikhail at all prior to the execution of the latter, then, if Niko does execute Faustin, he may attempt to get up after his fall from the roof with one or two additional scream from random NPCs, but still ends in failure with his death.
- Just like with Vlad's death, Faustin can be killed by performing an execution although this one can be skipped or bypassed.
- The Body Armor that appears behind the dumpster near Perestroika will only be there for this mission and won't appear unless the cutscene (where Mikhail enters the club) is triggered.