“The Heist” by Daniel Silva (Harper, 496 pages, in stores)
A former British spy and suspected dealer in stolen art is brutally murdered in his home on Lake Como, Italy. Julian Isherwood, British art dealer and good friend of Gabriel Allon, becomes a suspect, and the head of the Italian Art Squad strongly urges Allon to help find the killer.
Allon has been in Venice working on an altar piece restoration but knows his friend Julian needs his help.
This is the 14th book starring Gabriel Allon, and for those unfamiliar with him, he is an artist, a much in demand art restorer, a member of Mossad and a killer when necessary. Now his wife is expecting twins. He’s an extremely complicated, clever and emotional man.
The Art Squad chief would also like to find a famous Caravaggio painting that’s been missing for many years. Allon’s search begins, but soon his attention shifts toward the billions in stolen assets now in control of the Syrian president.
King Saul Boulevard in Tel Aviv, the home of Mossad, becomes the action center as Allon recruits his crew and develops a plan to relieve the Syrian president of his funds.
He also recruits Jihan Nawaz, the account manager for the president’s banker. While a naturalized German, she’s Syrian by birth.
The story is a twisting tale of moves and countermoves, and even if this is your introduction to Gabriel Allon, you’ll find the characters in the book come to life. You’ll also find out how art restorers work on old masterpieces.
— John Harrington, for The Oklahoman