A gripping thriller with a story as up-to-date as today's headlines Daniel Silva's previous novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic Critical acclaim for Daniel Silva's fiction: 'Filled with the kind of dark passages that keep fans of spy thrillers guessing as they eagerly turn the pages ... briskly suspenseful, tightly constructed and full of well-rounded, believable characters' NEW YORK TIMES 'Silva can truly write. He creates tension with a real master's touch ... from page one we are hooked into the action' IRISH TIMES 'Silva brings to life a tale of suspense that spirals its way to an evocative climax' THE TIMES
Daniel Silva is ex-CNN TV executive, whose first book The Unlikely Spy was sold in 14 countries. He is married with twins.
A former Mossad agent, now an art restorer, is tapped to help thwart a Palestinian plot to halt peace talks by assassinating Yasir Arafat. Another December 26 release. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
The tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and despair of its resolution provide the backdrop for Silva's (The Unlikely Spy) heart-stopping, complex yarn of international terrorism and intrigue. Israeli master spy Ari Shamron sets an intricate plot in motion to lure deadly Palestinian assassin Tariq al-Hourani into his net. Art restorer Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli agent whose family was killed by Tariq, is lured back into the fray by Shamron and teamed with Jacqueline Delacroix, a French supermodel/Israeli secret agent whose grandparents died in the Holocaust. Gabriel sets up in London to monitor Yusef, Tariq's fellow terrorist and confidant. Jacqueline is assigned to seduce him in hopes of intercepting Tariq, who is devising a plan to kill Israel's prime minister during peace talks with Arafat in New YorkDand he has similar plans for Gabriel. The tortuous plot leading the various parties to the showdown in Manhattan is a thrilling roller-coaster ride, keeping readers guessing until the mind-bending conclusion. Sensitive to both sides of the conflict, the narrative manages to walk a political tightrope while examining the motivations of Palestinians and Israelis alike. The duplicity and secret financial juggling to keep government hands clean is personified in publishing mogul Benjamin Stone, who backs the Israeli efforts. He is just one of many larger-than-life characters (both real and invented) thrown into the mixDArafat himself has a tense encounter with Tariq that underscores the volatility of terrorist loyalty. An array of global locales adds to the complexity and authenticity of the dizzying, cinematic plot. (Dec.) Forecast: The popular success of Silva's first two novels and the timeliness of this one suggest escalating sales. Random is backing the title with major ad/promo, including a six-city author tour. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
A thrill-a-minute sure-fire bestseller [that] rips Middle East
strife from the headlines * KIRKUS *
Although the novel moves at a really fast clip, cutting from location to location, Silva avoids the espionage novelist's sin of glossy locales and comic-book action by giving his characters, even the minor ones, believably complex motivations that come into play in the thriller's overriding conflict. Part of the interest of Silva's work is the way he portrays various professions (here it's art dealership, publishing, and modelling) to be every bit as cutthroat as international intrigue * BOOKLIST *
A master writer of espionage ... [Silva's] writing is clean, crisp, and compelling * CINCINNATI ENQUIRER *
The tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and despair of its resolution provide the backdrop for Silva's heart-stopping, complex yarn of international terrorism and intrigue ... An array of global locales adds to the complexity and authenticity of the dizzying, cinematic plot * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *