The Heist (Gabriel Allon 14) Hardcover – 17 Jul 2014
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‘Allon is the 21st century Bond - elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed.’ 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
‘A world class practitioner of spy fiction’ Washington Post
From the Back Cover
A fallen spyA missing masterpieceA daring missionThe Heist
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.
Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one. . . .
The dead man is a fallen British spy with a secret: he has been trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to a mysterious collector. Among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing masterpiece: Caravaggio's glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence.
Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector. His search will take him on an exhilarating hunt from the shimmering boulevards of Paris and London to the gritty criminal underworlds of Marseilles and Corsica, and finally to a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of a brutal dictator. At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel's help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.
Elegant, sophisticated, and entertaining, The Heist is a must-read thriller a page-turning tale of intrigue that demonstrates once again why Daniel Silva is called a "world-class practitioner of spy fiction" (Washington Post)." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Fortunately `The English Girl' completely restored my faith in Daniel Silva and I was genuinely looking forward to the publication of `The Heist', the 14th book in the Gabriel Allon saga.
Although the underlying theme is inevitably similar to the earlier books, it won't matter if this is your first contact with Gabriel Allon. Daniel Silva skilfully sketches out the background to Gabriel's abilities as a restorer of old masterpieces and to his role in various Israeli intelligence operations.
As with a number of recent Gabriel Allon thrillers `The Heist' is set in today's world. This time, instead of facing up to Iran's determination to develop a nuclear weapons capability, we're taken into the dark world of Syrian intelligence and the ruthless elimination of opponents to the ruling regime. Plus - absolute power corrupts absolutely - the systematic plundering of the country's economy and the transfer, out of the country, of vast sums of money.
Several priceless masterpieces - some stolen several years ago - plus the security services of the UK, France, Germany and Austria play their part. `The Heist', quite genuinely, held my attention from page one to the very end.
Read and, most definitely, enjoy.
That's just how it is with Gabriel.
CAUTION: If this is your first Gabriel Allon book be warned that you are not going to be able to stop with just this one. So be prepared that you are going to want to go back to book #1 and read them all. You just can't help yourself.
That's just how it is with Gabriel.
It is not unusual that an author with a recurring character, or in this case many recurring characters, will start to get stale by book #14 - this I assure you is not so with Daniel Silva. This book is as timely and fresh and relatable as if Gabriel Allon had just appeared on the scene.
Mr. Silva has a very smart way of weaving in the back-story of each recurring character for the benefit of any reader new to the series. Even having read this series from book #1, I appreciate it since I read many books during the year and am glad for the little nudge to remind me of who is who and what their relationships are to each other.
If you are craving a page-turning thriller/ suspense/ clever/ intriguing well written story about an art restorer /spy you have just found it.
Called in to investigate the savage murder of a rogue art dealer in Switzerland, the Israeli super-spy thinks he could be on the trail of a Caravaggio masterpiece that disappeared (it really did) from a Sicilian church in 1969. But his enquiries soon uncover something bigger than the fate of one painting: the acquisition of a stash of stolen treasures by minions of a murderous Syrian dictator who has looted billions from his war-weary people. The Syrian dictator is not named in the text, but he has a back story that most readers will be familiar with.
The adventure starts as almost a "caper" like TOPKAPI or one of Peter O'Donnell's literary comic-book Modesty tales, but quickly morphs into a high-octane conspiracy thriller. The surprise ending - alas, without the dictator brought to his knees (we can only watch and hope) - is subtle and richly ironic.
Audacity is Daniel Silva's middle name, and THE HEIST finds him, once again, at the very top of his game.
[Reviewer is the author of SHAIKH-DOWN]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fab as always! I never tire of these stories and this enigmatic character.Published 1 month ago by JC
A real page turner...so many twists in the story. Whilst fiction does fit well with the background of the Syrian conflict.Published 1 month ago
Another Gabriel Allon delightful read. Found it hard to put down until the end.Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Seeto
I just love Daniel Silva books, I can't stop reading until the book ends, he never ceases to captivate me with his so believable stories characters.Published 2 months ago by BOOK LOVER
Another great story from Mr Silva.
As usual twists and turns to keep u guessing . Thoroughly enjoyable , exciting .book.
I loved it from the first page and couldn't put it down! Which of this great author shall I read next ?!!Published 4 months ago by Jan