Not the best work Silva has done but a compelling story, nevertheless.
Gabriel Allon, the masterpiece restorer and Israeli spy, attempts to track down the murderer of one of his best friends, Benjamin Stern. In the process he uncovers documents that implicate members of the Vatican in the WW II Holocaust. He also uncovers a contemporary plot to take over the Catholic Church by people dedicated to restoring it to its medieval glory. He is confronted by an old foe, Eric Lange, an assassin for hire. This is all very exciting and well written.
The plotting is complicated and very interesting. The characters, as in all of Silva's books, may be too good or too bad to be true but they are always interesting and well drawn. This book introduces us to Chiara, who, no surprise, becomes Gabriel's lover.
As in many spy thrillers, bringing everything to a satisfactory climax is difficult. Silva does as good a job of it as anyone, particularly here where there are a lot of threads to tie up.
I look forward to reading another Gabriel Allon adventure.