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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date:
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Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is asked to visit Zurich to clean the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker. But when he gets there he finds the corpse of his client in a pool of blood beneath the masterpiece and discovers that a secret collection of priceless paintings—stolen by Nazis in the war—is missing. With the Swiss authorities trying to pin the murder on Allon and a powerful cabal determined to make sure this wartime secret remains buried, the art restorer must use all his former spy skills to find out the truth. And with an assassin that he helped to train also on the loose, Allon will need all his wits just to stay alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cloak-and-dagger tale [that] moves at a brisk clip, with clean, lucid exposition and characters who are thoughtfully drawn.”

    New York Times

  • “The plot is rich, multilayered and compelling with issues as timely as the daily headlines and problems as old as humankind…Silva maintains tension and suspense.”

    Denver Post

  • “Enthralling…A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Silva’s sophisticated treatment, polished prose, an edgy mood, and convincing research give his plot a crisp, almost urgent quality.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Thrilling…A good, cinematic story.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Silva, who writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carré, brings something special to the spy thriller: a multifaceted, believable hero whose sideline, spying, is only as intriguing as his regular job, restoring Old Masters…[Allon’s] investigation leads to the English assassin, a rogue terrorist whose casual killings (his send-off gift to his lovers is explosives in their luggage) are breathtakingly orchestrated. Silva makes a stunning contribution to the spy thriller.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] spine-tingling plot…Fueled by intense, fast, and unrelenting action, Silva’s latest follows spies, sellers, lovers, and historians to a chilling climax.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2006 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chadron | 2/18/2014

    " I love this series and read them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pedro | 2/18/2014

    " Skillful writing. If you enjoyed the Bourne movies read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/17/2014

    " Gabriel Allon, painter and restorer, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 2/15/2014

    " This is a marvelously written book about a professional assassin. We see the professional and personal sides of all involved. And what a sense of place. This book took place in Switzerland, Germany, Sicily and Italy. I could see the places so clearly. "

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