The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

The Rembrandt Affair


Daniel Silva

Publisher synopsis:  "Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer, Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.

Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face to face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world

The Rembrandt Affair, the latest in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva is a thrill ride of a story, taking you all over the world, enveloping you in the world of art and history, espionage and murder. While it is a work of fiction, the story delves into the history of the artwork stolen by the Nazi's during the war and brings to life the suffering caused by their actions.  It is very well written and kept me glued to my seat the whole time.  The characters are three dimensional and pull you into the story.   It is full of twists and turns, characters trying to out think and manipulate each other, intellectual maneuvering which seems almost reckless at time but each one step ahead of the other.  

This is actually the first book I've read by Daniel Silva and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Gabriel Allon series starting with the beginning, The Kill Artist.  Thank you to Lydia of Putnam books providing me with a courtesy copy of The Rembrandt Affair and introducing me to an interesting new to me author, Daniel Silva.  

Pages:  496
Publisher:  Putnam
Released:  July 20, 2010
Genre:  Thriller

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  1. I haven't read one of Daniel Silva's books yet...I should, I know, but there are so many ahead of him right now. :( But this will be a series I keep my eye on.

  2. I've had Silva on my wish list for a while now... time to get reading.


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