Daniel Silva (A Gabriel Allon series)
Silva weaves a tapestry of historical facts and fictional characters to present a realistic world resembling present day conflicts in the Middle East that extend into Europe and the United States. Gabriel Allon is the protagonist, a Mossad spy who doubles as an art restorer.
- Moscow Rules (2008)
- Journalists, arms dealers, terrorists, art dealers, the CIA, and MI5 comprise this story with a focus on a return to the Cold War. Russian arms dealer, Ivan Kharkov, who has been supplying Hezbollah, is close to selling sophisticated weapons to al-Quaeda.
- The Secret Servant (2007)
- Allon discovers a plot that Islamic extremists plan to kidnap the daughter of the U.S. ambassador in London. Unable to prevent the kidnapping, Allon and his team must find the kidnapped daughter.
- The Messenger (2006)
- The Vatican is the target of a terrorist attack. Gabriel Allon plans to infiltrate the organization behind the attack with the help of lovely American art expert, Sarah Bancroft.
- Prince of Fire (2005)
- The Israeli Embassy in Rome is destroyed by a Palestinian bomb. Allon and his team hunt down the terrorists to find them before they strike again.
- A Death in Vienna (2004)
- A concentration camp survivor is killed after he discovers that the father of Austria's next chancellor was a Nazi war criminal. Allon investigates the murder which involves several international spy agencies. The story becomes serious as Allon pursues his personal ties to the Holocaust.
- The Confessor (2003)
- Gabriel Allon investigates the death of a friend and fellow spy in Italy. The investigation leads him to Munich and becomes a story of international intrigue involving Vatican politics and World War II history.
- The English Assassin (2001)
- New readers to this series would find this book a good place to begin. Gabriel is sent to restore a painting belonging to a Swiss banker. Finding the banker dead, Gabriel and the banker’s daughter, a temperamental violin virtuoso, begin an investigation that involves Swiss collaboration with the Nazis in the theft of priceless art. The English assassin, hired to kill them, is a complex villain with an interesting past.
- The Kill Artist (2000)
- The tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the backdrop to trap and kill a Palestinian assassin. The book introduces Gabriel Allon, Israeli covert operations agent, and Ari Shamron, Israeli intelligence operations.