The English Assassin

The English Assassin

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Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. A prominent Swiss banker has called him to Switzerland to restore his Raphael. The problem is that Allon finds the banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter, wracked by guilt, tells him that her father's cache of French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during the Second World War, has been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the banker's wartime misdeeds, he attracts the attention of a secret Swiss organization dedicated to suppressing knowledge of all such crimes, and he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2002.
ISBN: 9780739349991
Additional Contributors: Lee, John Rafter


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Aug 03, 2015

The English Assassin is the second in Silva’s Gabriel Allon series and my first exposure to the writer and the series. At the time of writing these comments a subsequent series entry The English Spy was on the bestseller lists. Silva’s writing has more depth than spy novels by the late Vince Flynn or Brad Thor. The message that violence begets violence is a key part of Allon’s being. Additionally I liked the fact that Allon begins the series as a middle-aged man, not as a young man. The reader can’t expect any elite athleticism from him. He has to think his way through problems. The story itself unfolds into an indictment of the Swiss banks which became rich pocketing the money and treasures of Jews who were desperate to escape the Nazis. It’s a good story and I’m going to read more of this series.


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