Release Date: 21/07/11
Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting to die for ...Glastonbury, an art restorer, has been brutally murdered, and the newly discovered Rembrandt he was working on has disappeared. For spy turned art restorer Gabriel Allon, it has been six months since his final showdown with the murderous Russian oligarch and arms dealer Ivan Kharkov. He has severed his ties with the Office with only one thing in mind: recovery. But this unspeakable act of violence once again draws Allon into a world of danger he thought he had left behind forever. Allon is persuaded to use his unique skills to trace the painting and those responsible for the crimes. As he investigates, he discovers there are terrible secrets connected to the painting, and terrible men behind them. Before he is done, he will have undertaken a journey through some of the twentieth century's darkest history - and come face to face with some of the same darkness within himself.
To be honest I’ve not read any of Daniel’s work before and whilst I wasn’t completely blown away I saw the skill taken behind the piece. It’s got a great outline, the plot is believable and when you add into it a lead character who whilst implausible isn’t beyond the realm of belief it’s a title that has a reasonable enough premise to entertain.
Add to this a fast moving plot, decent prose and a host of supporting cast that keep the concept interesting it felt that I alone didn’t fully appreciate the title as for me it felt that it lacked the excitement that a number of others infuse the reader with. (Mind you this could be because of the recent amount of Thriller’s I’ve read that spoiled me.) All in it was a middle of the road thriller for me and whilst there’s a lot worse out there, this, in my opinion, isn’t one of the best as it only felt sufficient to hit the needs without going for the kill.