Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, and House of Spies. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.
After The Confessor, his biggest hit yet, Silva brings back Gabriel Allon to hunt down a man in a photo he recognizes as the villain who tortured his mother during the Death March from Auschwitz. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Silva completes his cycle of three interconnected novels (The English Assassin; The Confessor) dealing with "the unfinished business of the Holocaust" with this superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue. During the later stages of WWII, Sturmbannfuhrer Erich Radek's job was to erase all evidence of the Holocaust. Radek, now known as Ludwig Vogel, is chairman of the Danube Valley Trade and Investment Corporation and lives quietly in Vienna. A bombing at the Austrian Wartime Claims and Inquiries office leaves chief investigator Eli Lavon near death. Undercover Mossad agent Gabriel Allon, protagonist of the two previous novels, is ordered by Israeli spymaster Ari Shamron to ferret out the perpetrator. Allon is reluctant-he's working as an art restorer on one of Bellini's great altarpieces in Venice-but Eli is an old friend from the secret service, and duty calls. The case becomes personal when Allon, reading his mother's account of her time in the camps-"I will not tell all the things I saw. I cannot. I owe this much to the dead"-discovers that not only was Radek a sadistic monster, his mother was very nearly murdered by him. The chase is long and complex as agents from a number of international spy groups circle and harass Allon as he hunts down the infamous and still deadly Radek. Those seeking cheap thrills should look elsewhere. Action and suspense abound, but this is serious fiction with a serious purpose. Silva keeps the pressure on the reader as well as his characters as there are important lessons to be learned and vital history to be remembered. Author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Not one for cookie-cutter cheap thrills, Silva's mastered the art of weaving provocative narrative, espionage and foreign intrigue.--Chicago Sun-Times A masterful and compelling tale of evil, treachery and revenge...goes to the top of the list of this year's best.--Rocky Mountain News A masterfully constructed tale of memory and revenge. It demonstrates that thrillers can be more than entertainment.--The Miami Herald [A] superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue.--Publishers Weekly A thriller that's not content to be just a thriller, as it delves into issues involving the Holocaust and its perpetrators and survivors.--The Kansas City Star [A] world-class practitioner of spy fiction... Silva writes with style, economy and a sure command of the historical record...a skillful novelist who does justice to the often heartbreaking material without exploiting it.--The Washington Post Book World Reads like an exquisitely suspenseful chess game.--Booklist