Silva's spy, assassin, and art-restoring protagonist, Gabriel Allon, returns in a fresh--and thrilling--international adventure. When an art restorer friend is killed and the Rembrandt painting he was working on stolen, Allon is lured out of a self-imposed retirement to investigate the crime. As the complex plot flips and twists from one country to the next, Phil Gigante keeps the plot moving forward with a calm, thoughtful reading that coils around the reader. His characters are perfectly drawn; the suspense, taut; and each individual is rendered distinctly: his reading of a Holocaust survivor's remembrance of being a little girl hiding from the Nazis is particularly effective and moving. A Putnam hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I happened on this book purely by accident. It is the first Gabriel Allon novel I've had, but after reading it I know that it will not be the last. The plot is quite interesting, and the action moves along at a steady and pulse pounding rate. Initially it concerns a missing, previously unknown painting by Rembrandt, but it evolves into so much more. There are connections to the Holocaust, venal Swiss bankers, the Iranian nuclear program, children of former Nazis, and … more