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The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
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Dec 17, 2011

it was amazing

This the 7th of Daniel Silva's books I've read, was to me the most personal. In this story Gabriel Allon, who is back in Cornwall in what he hopes will be retirement from is job as a hired assassin for the 'Office' the euphemistic name for the Israeli Secret Service. He is absorbed in restoring a painting for Julian Isherwood, a retailer of high-end paintings. Allon has a rendevous with a man who he loves and dislikes in equal measure, Ari Shamron.
Shamron is Allon's mentor and boss in the office,he tries to lure Gabriel back to work to investigate a bombing which has killed the Israeli Ambassador to France, in Paris. Allon is very reluctant to accept the mission as he enjoys his pastime as he finds his art restoration a healing process, being able to return a painting to its former glory is very cathartic.
Upon accepting the mission, Allon finds out the man behind the death of the French ambassador is Tariq al Hourani, a Palestinian terrorist bent on disrupting the peace talks to be held in the UN. To Allon the mission is personal as Tariq was responsible for the Bomb blast which severely injured his wife Leah, and killed his young son Dani.
The novel follows a global path through France,Holland,Canada and the US.
Without wanting to reveal all, this book is yet another Silva masterpiece which gains pace as you go.

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