The Heist

I cottoned on to Daniel Silva late in the game. I read The English Girl sometime last year, and when I spotted his latest The Heist, I just knew I had to read it. He’s an amazing writer. His books have an art theme to them (at least those that I’ve read so far), they hop all over Europe and the Middle East, they’re full of intrigue, and each one is a page-turning thriller that will keep you up reading well into the night. Gabriel Allon is an art restorer, assassin, and Israeli spy. How’s that for a CV! While he is busy restoring an alterpiece in Venice he is visited by the Italian police who need his help in sorting through a murder scene in Lake Como that has lead to the arrest of his friend, eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. The dead man is a fallen British spy who has been involved in the trafficing of stolen artworks. To save Isherwood, Allon must track down the real killer and, last but not least, find the most famous missing painting in the world – Caravaggio’s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. I can’t imagine the amount of research that goes into each of Silva’s books. The art background is meticulously done, and sorting through the political background of the Middle East, making it clear and digestible to the average reader, is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But Silva does all this and more amazingly well. This is a brilliant book. And you won’t be satisfied with just this one book. You’ll be searching for others in the Daniel Allon series – guaranteed!

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