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Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
  

Portrait of a Spy

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

July 2012 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

Daniel Silva is a superlative thriller writer, effortlessly juggling complex plots full of a cast of believable characters while still delivering a pacey, compelling thriller. This, the 11th book in the series, is a perfect entry point for your first Gabriel Allon adventure and existing fans will not be disappointed either. Highly recommended.

If you like Daniel Silva you might also like to read books by Matt Hilton, Vince Flynn and Corban Addison.

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Synopsis

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva

For Gabriel and his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London--a visit to an art gallery in St. James's to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch at an Italian restaurant along the Strand. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Hamburg has already marred this sparkling autumn day. And while walking along Wellington Street, the ever-vigilant Gabriel notices a man whom he believes is about to carry out a third attack. The man is exhibiting several traits common to suicide bombers--traits that Gabriel, one of the world's most experienced counterterrorism officers, knows all too well. Armed with a concealed Beretta pistol, he follows the man into the crowded Covent Garden market, determined to prevent the massacre of innocents he fears is about to take place. But before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement by two undercover London police officers. A moment later he looks up to find a scene from his nightmares. Bodies and blood, Baghdad on the Thames !

Reviews

Allon is the 21st century Bond - elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed. If you haven't read Silva before, try Portrait of a Spy - and then go back and read the series.
Daily Mail

'Sexily brooding Allon! must be the most famous superspy not played by Daniel Craig'
Daily Telegraph

'In true Bauer fashion, shoot-outs, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes'
USA Today

'Silva builds tension with breathtaking double and triple turns of the plot'
People

About the Author

Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Moscow Rules and ten other novels. Best known for his spy thrillers starring art restorer and sometime assassin Gabriel Allon, Silva's books are international bestsellers that are published in more than 25 different languages.

Silva began his career in journalism working for United Press International where he worked as Chief Middle East Correspondent based in Cairo. He traveled extensively in the region and covered the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. On assignment in the Persian Gulf, he met his wife, Jamie Gangel, National Correspondent for NBC's Today Show. The two were married in 1988, and Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN as executive producer of its Washington-based public affairs programming, including such popular broadcasts as Crossfire, The Capital Gang, Late Edition, Evans & Novak and Inside Politics Weekend.

In 1994, Silva began work on The Unlikely Spy, his first novel, which went on to be a surprise bestseller and gain critical acclaim. Since then, he has written The Mark of the Assassin (1998), The Marching Season (1999), The Kill Artist (2000), The English Assassin (2002), The Confessor (2003), Death in Vienna (2004) and Prince of Fire (2005), The Messenger (2006), The Secret Servant (2007), Moscow Rules (2008), and The Defector (2009).

Silva and his wife live in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC with their twins Lily and Nicholas.

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Publication date

21st June 2012

Author

Daniel Silva

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
474 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780007433315

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