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The Heist

by Daniel Silva

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Series: Gabriel Allon (14)

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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio. Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one.
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First class fiction ( )
  ColinMcLean | Dec 6, 2020 |
Surprise! Gabriel manages to save Jihan though it is at the expense of gaining leverage on Syria. After reading a few Gabriel Allon novels, I have come to expect that someone will die. So it is a pleasant surprise Jihan didn't; Gabriel's choice here once again demonstrates the humane side of him. Sometimes Silva spends too much time dwelling on Gabriel's character but he hits on the right mix here; also not spending too much time on the historical background, hence getting into the action fast. The only flaw is that you feel you have read two books - the art heist and the money heist feels like two different plots. ( )
  siok | Jul 26, 2020 |
Silva's Gabriel Allon books are easy reading, with lots of interesting spycraft along with, particularly in this case, some stuff about the world of Art.
In this book, Allon is taking a break from his stressful life as a spy and assassin, caring for his new wife who is pregnant with his children. But his friend Julian Isherwood stumbles upon a gruesomely murdered ex-spy, and Allon is enlisted by the Italian art crime authorities to uncover the location of an important missing painting connected to the victim. This leads him to a Syrian banker who is laundering and hiding the money of the unnamed ruler of Syria (obviously Assad), and he launches an operation to take that money.

As usual in this genre, it describes the frightening efficiency and competence of the Israeli security service. And of course things always have to go wrong in spite of well-laid plans.

I've only read one other of these books; what I like about Silva is that endings are hard to predict- not because there are wild, unexpected twists, but because Silva is not dedicated to ensuring the reader a clean and happy ending. The other side is competent too, so it feels like victory is not assured. ( )
  DanTarlin | Nov 24, 2019 |
This was like the greatest hits of Gabriel Allon - Silva brought back the best of the best secondary characters from previous novels: Christopher Keller, Don Orsati, the goat (!), Maurice Durand, Julian Isherwood, Christoph Bittel, and Viktor Orlov, in addition to the brilliant cast of King Saul Boulevard. He worked them all together beautifully into a taut international thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. Perfection. ( )
  DGRachel | Jun 14, 2019 |
I really enjoy Silva's Gabriel Allon stories, and this was no exception. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
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Most stolen art is gone forever . . . The lone bit of
good news is that the better the painting,
the better the odds it will someday be found.

--EDWARD DOLNICK, THE RESCUE ARTIST
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and who
so breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

--ECCLESIASTES 10:8
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As always, for my wife, Jamie, and my children, Nicholas and Lily.
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ST. JAMES'S, LONDON

IT BEGAN WITH AN ACCIDENT, but then matters involving Julian Isherwood invariably did.
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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio. Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one.

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