The English Assassin
The English Assassin
Signet Book, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451208187, 464pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2003
An Israeli spy by trade and art restorer by preference, Gabriel Allon arrives in Zurich to restore the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker and finds himself standing in blood and framed for the man's murder.
While trying to clear his name, Allon is swept into a spiraling chain of events involving Nazi art theft, a decades-old suicide, and a dark and bloody trail of killings some of them his own. The spy world Allon thought he had left behind has come back to haunt him. And he will have to fight for his life against an assassin he himself helped train.
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