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The Kill Artist Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 2004
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Tariq's role in the murder of Gabriel's wife and son draws both Gabriel and Sarah Halevy, the beautiful French model whose affair with Gabriel led to the assassination of his family. Still in love with Gabriel, Sarah allows herself to be set up with a cover and infiltrated into Tariq's inner circle. But before Gabriel can rescue her and fulfill his mission, Tariq turns the tables to get his old adversary as well as Arafat in his own sights. A particularly resonant scene in which Tariq and Arafat confront each other and discuss their former friendship, as well as the change in tactics that has brought Tariq to the ultimate betrayal, reveals Silva's deep comprehension of Palestinian rivalries. He puts a clever little fillip on the ending that adds to the brio of this strongly paced thriller. Silva creates complex, fascinating characters in Gabe, Ari, and Tariq, and more than fulfills the promise of his earlier books. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this book, Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad (which translates into English as "The Institution") retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer, one who fixes the wounded past. Gabriel's ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster a la George Smiley but more treacherous, convinces Gabriel to leave his sheltered hermitage to hunt down Tariq, the assassin who killed Gabriel's family, before he can kill again. In an exquisitely wrought plot of treachery and counter-treachery, Silva explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from many, many angles.
I don't read spy fiction as a genre. I don't read anything as a genre. I read great writers, pretty much no matter what they write. I've read a lot of John Le Carre, and one of the few criticisms that I have of his work is that his spies play a gentleman's game. However, Le Carre's spies are deeply human and British.
Silva's spies are not gentlemen, and this is no gentlemen's game. This is hard and dirty intelligence work by one of the hardest and dirtiest intelligence services on the planet. The Mossad is charged with keeping tiny Israel's formidable opponents at bay, and you don't do that by playing fair. Gabriel's Mossad plays entirely unfairly, as it must, as it does in real life. In this book, Jacqueline/Sarah is used as a "honey trap," and Silva lightly explores what it does to a woman to prostitute oneself for a good cause.Read more ›
What I love about Daniel Silva is his smooth and uncomplicated style. He has a "rhythm" to his writing that hooks you somewhere in the beginning and stays with you long after you finish the book. It took me a little longer to warm up to these characters, probably because there isn't a lot happening in the way of relationships as there is in his other book _The Mark Of The Assassin_.Read more ›
Unfortunately, "The Kill Artist," which was written first, does not measure up to the "The English Assassin." Both novels feature Gabriel Allon, a tormented man who has done undercover work as an agent for the Israeli government. He now spends much of his time expertly restoring valuable works of art that have been damaged over the years. Gabriel is something of a loner who would like to forget his tragic past. He would prefer to stop working for the Israeli government completely and live a quiet and reclusive life in Cornwall, England.
Gabriel's spymaster, Ari Shamron, has other ideas. He convinces Gabriel to get back into the spy game in order to trap an old enemy. Soon, Gabriel is on the trail of Tariq al-Hourani, a Palestinian zealot who recently assassinated the Israeli ambassador in Paris. Tariq and Gabriel are old enemies and Gabriel cannot resist the chance to finally even an old score and rid Israel of an ardent and deadly enemy.
Naturally, there is a beautiful woman involved, as well. Jacqueline Delacroix, born Sarah Halevy, lost her grandparents in the Holocaust. She, too, has been recruited by Ari Shamron to help Gabriel trap Tariq. She is in love with Gabriel, but he is reluctant to get romantically involved with her, for reasons of his own.
The plot thickens, as Gabriel and Jacqueline go undercover and place themselves in grave danger while they track Tariq. Their prey turns the tables on Gabriel and Jacqueline, and Tariq soon becomes the hunter. Gabriel fears that he will never capture Tariq.Read more ›
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I read #16 & #1 in this Allon series. There was a similar structure, Mossad agent, Israeli version of 007, fighting Arab agent, historical events woven in, beautiful girl... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Jajisee
Read the book in a day. I literally could not put it down. I'm hooked on Gabriel, and can't wait to read the next book.Published 1 day ago by M. Bernier
I am starting my 4th book in the Gabriel Allon series, a Death in Venice. Allon is an Art Restorer and an Israeli secret agent. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Zack Jennings
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"This is my second outing with Mr. Silva. Great spy premise: trade craft over gizmos. Read more
This is the first book I have read by Daniel Silva. Up yo this point I have listened to audio books. Read morePublished 6 days ago by V Samuel
Best spy books of all. Love Gabriel All on. Daniel Silva has become my favorite author of these type of books highly recommendedPublished 6 days ago by Alina SanJuan