The English Assassin

The English Assassin

Large Print - 2002
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The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva's extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto national bestseller lists. "Briskly suspenseful, tightly constructed...reminiscent of John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, " said The New York Times.

Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland's shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany. When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing.

Gabriel's handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth -- the collector had been silenced -- and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train.

Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 2002
ISBN: 9781587241857
1587241854
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION SILVA
Characteristics: 414 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Great read as always and an interesting background on the Nazi art theft scandals which continue into the 21st century. A backhanded critique of the Swiss bank system which allowed this crime to continue as well as an expose of the self serving political system of the Swiss during WWII and their so-called neutrality in the war.

Mick8 Jan 03, 2012

Very life like read.

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sharlkan
Jun 22, 2011

This is exceptionally well done by Silva.

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rahmmie
Mar 25, 2011

Very entertaining book, well developed plot and characters

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