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Silva completes his cycle of three interconnected novels (The English Assassin; The Confessor) dealing with "the unfinished business of the Holocaust" with this superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue. During the later stages of WWII, Sturmbannführer Erich Radek's job was to erase all evidence of the Holocaust. Radek, now known as Ludwig Vogel, is chairman of the Danube Valley Trade and Investment Corporation and lives quietly in Vienna. A bombing at the Austrian Wartime Claims and Inquiries office leaves chief investigator Eli Lavon near death. Undercover Mossad agent Gabriel Allon, protagonist of the two previous novels, is ordered by Israeli spymaster Ari Shamron to ferret out the perpetrator. Allon is reluctant-he's working as an art restorer on one of Bellini's great altarpieces in Venice-but Eli is an old friend from the secret service, and duty calls. The case becomes personal when Allon, reading his mother's account of her time in the camps "I will not tell all the things I saw. I cannot. I owe this much to the dead" discovers that not only was Radek a sadistic monster, his mother was very nearly murdered by him. The chase is long and complex as agents from a number of international spy groups circle and harass Allon as he hunts down the infamous and still deadly Radek. Those seeking cheap thrills should look elsewhere. Action and suspense abound, but this is serious fiction with a serious purpose. Silva keeps the pressure on the reader as well as his characters as there are important lessons to be learned and vital history to be remembered.
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Silva writes le Carre-style spy novels in which the action, despite careening across cities and continents, retains knife-edge-sharp suspense, as one man confronts a host of ingenious enemies. He brings something new to the formula, too, a hero whose day job is his real passion, not merely a cover for his spy self. Silva's hero, Gabriel Allon, is a restorer of paintings and frescoes (a large part of the fascination of this series is the care Silva takes to let the reader in on the painstaking art of restoration). Allon is also a reluctant member of Israeli intelligence, his ties to that world based on bonds of shared tragedy with his fellow spies. This time out, Allon is called to leave his restoration of a Bellini altarpiece in Venice when an old friend and contact--head of the Wartime Claims and Inquiries office--dies in an al-Qaeda-related bombing in Vienna. Allon's search in the Austrian city (rendered in suitably sinister office blocks and cafes that suggest the classic film noir The Third Man) leads him to a suspected Nazi war criminal and down a path of tortuous memories. Scrupulously avoiding the whiplash that comes from too much action in too many places in too short a time (an endemic condition in lesser spy novels), this finely wrought thriller reads like an exquisitely suspenseful chess game. Connie Fletcher
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Too much background to the main event...kidnap of Radek
Gruesome details of the Birkenau camp needed to be better edited in my opinion...got soporific.
This book, and it's two predecessors on the subject of the Holocaust, needed to be written and needs to be read by everybody, especially our young people, students, etc. Read morePublished 23 months ago by John Cowan
I have been a hardcore fan of Silva since I discovered his novel "The English Assassin" in the spring of 2002. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Vinny Mac
When a bomb explodes in the Vienna Wartime Claims and Inquiry Office, killing Eli Lavon, an elderly Jewish man who investigated crimes relating to the Holocaust, Israeli... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Amazon Customer
The Confessor is a gripping read with a highly relevent plot. Gabriel Allon is called upon to investigate a murder of a Jewish professor in Munich and the investigation leads all... Read morePublished on June 24 2004
Well researched and written like McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (though a totally different subject!) and well plotted and paced like Baldacci's SPLIT SECOND, A DEATH IN VIENNA is a... Read morePublished on June 20 2004
Daniel Silva has again capably demonstrated not only his talent, but also the development of his writing from his first novel to his latest. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
Well, I thought this was such a great book, that after reading it, started getting all of Silva's other ones and am presently on his 3rd book. I can't wait to read them all. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Martha Graham