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Silva adds another thrilling entry to the best-selling Gabriel Allon series (after The Fallen Angel). This time his Israeli secret agent and art restorer is home in Jerusalem when an intelligence acquaintance pays him a visit. The British prime minister has received a ransom demand for his captive lover, Madeline Hart. He has to pay in seven days, or she dies and the scandal will be revealed to the media. Allon is more than qualified to find the girl quickly and quietly, an assignment that launches him on a chase around Europe and Russia. Allon finds a few unlikely allies in an assassin who once spared his life and a Russian businessman, as he peels away the layers of the elaborate blackmail scheme that is bigger and more dangerous than anyone anticipated. Verdict Silva is a sure bet for thriller fans; his 13th action-packed, globe-trotting espionage adventure won't disappoint. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/13.]-Melissa DeWild, Kent Dist. Lib., Comstock Park, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The psychology of kidnapping and blackmail forms the core of Silva's sixteenth spy story, an extended, scary chess game between two opponents, with the fates of both a young woman and the British government at stake. Series hero Gabriel Allon, who has worked for the Israeli intelligence as a spy and avenging angel (starting with Operation Wrath of God against the Black September terrorists), is convinced by a longtime British MI5 friend to help out the current prime minster. The woman with whom the married PM has been having an affair, herself a rising star in the government, has been kidnapped while on vacation on the island of Corsica. Her kidnappers send the PM a video of the woman admitting to the affair, sure to bring scandal and ruin if widely released. Finding the woman involves much guesswork and danger, with trips to locales ranging from the south of France to Paris to London to Moscow. As usual, Silva takes the reader hostage from page one with his canny mix of spy craft and suspense. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Silva's ongoing ability to combine le Carre-like texture with high-energy plotting has produced a string of commercial and critical successes. Chalk up another one.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist