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The Heist (Gabriel Allon Book 14) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including The Black Widow and House of Spies.His books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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A fallen spy
A missing masterpiece
A daring mission
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is at work in Venice repairing an altarpiece when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must perform one simple task: Find the most famous missing painting in the world.
Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . .
The dead man is a fallen spy with a secret: he's been trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to a mysterious collector. Among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing masterpiece: Caravaggio's Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence.
Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio that will take him on an exhilarating hunt--from Marseilles and Corsica, to Paris and London, and finally to a small private bank in Austria, where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of one of the world's most brutal dictators . . .--Huffington Post on The English Girl --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 780 KB
- Print length : 391 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (1 August 2014)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00JIDE4RU
- X-Ray : Enabled
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Called in to investigate the savage murder of a rogue art dealer in Switzerland, the Israeli super-spy thinks he could be on the trail of a Caravaggio masterpiece that disappeared (it really did) from a Sicilian church in 1969. But his enquiries soon uncover something bigger than the fate of one painting: the acquisition of a stash of stolen treasures by minions of a murderous Syrian dictator who has looted billions from his war-weary people. The Syrian dictator is not named in the text, but he has a back story that most readers will be familiar with.
The adventure starts as almost a "caper" like TOPKAPI or one of Peter O'Donnell's literary comic-book Modesty tales, but quickly morphs into a high-octane conspiracy thriller. The surprise ending - alas, without the dictator brought to his knees (we can only watch and hope) - is subtle and richly ironic.
Audacity is Daniel Silva's middle name, and THE HEIST finds him, once again, at the very top of his game.
[Reviewer is the author of SHAIKH-DOWN]