The English Assassin
The English Assassin
By Daniel Silva
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.
“Abundant action.”—The Washington Post
“A cloak-and-dagger tale [that] moves at a brisk clip, with clean, lucid exposition and characters who are thoughtfully drawn.”—The 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.”—The Denver Post
“Enthralling…a thriller that entertains as well as enlightens.”—The Orlando Sentinel
“Smooth and compelling.”—Detroit Free Press
“Silva's sophisticated treatment, polished prose, an edgy mood, and convincing research give his plot a crisp, almost urgent quality.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Silva knows how to plot…[he] will draw you in—and you’ll learn something at the same time.”—Rocky Mountain News
“Thrilling…a good, cinematic story.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“In the style of authors like Frederick Forsyth and Ken Follett, this is a book that opens with a scene that grabs your attention and never lets go…highly imaginative fiction set against a nonfiction background…you will want to read this one straight through once you’ve started.”—New York Law Journal
“Cleverly crafted…engrossing…an intelligent thriller of the old school and one that will satisfy Silva’s fans and earn him many new ones.”—Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga News-Free Press
“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)
“The spy novel is alive and well and Daniel Silva among those who are nursing it back to life…The fast-paced plot and multiple twists—not to mention multiple villains and semi-villains—are the backbone of Silva’s tales. Those of us who have doted on the spy novel for decade have a new light to watch.”—Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
“[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 page-turner from start to finish. While his body count rivals that of early Ludlum, Silva is a more polished storyteller…he's got the ‘legs’ to last a long time.”—BookBrowser
“Enticingly juggles parallel plots involving art fraud, secret Swiss banking and the surprisingly cutthroat world of classical concert performance.”—The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
“Silva writes superbly suspenseful thrillers, and he makes excellent use of today’s headlines.”—American Libraries