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The Heist (Gabriel Allon Series #14)

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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . . 

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling ...

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Overview

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . . 

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

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In Daniel Silva's 2012 The Fallen Angel, Gabriel Allon was restoring a Caravaggio masterpiece when he was called away to investigate a Vatican murder. In The Heist, it is the theft of another Caravaggio that turns the art restorer into a clandestine agent. Once again, the former Israeli spy and assassin uses stealthy maneuvers to pierce out the truth. A classic lead character; tightly twisting suspense; a novelist at the height of his powers.

Neal Thompson
“Smart, unpredictable, and packed with bits of history, art, heart, and imagination, this is a page turner to be savored….When it comes to the vast club of practitioners of international spycraft, Silva is a cut above them all, and The English Girl is a masterwork.”
Huffington Post on The English Girl
“Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read.”
Columbus Dispatch on The English Girl
“Although Gabriel’s adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, ‘Israel’s avenging angel’ has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-10
Stalwart Israeli agent Gabriel Allon goes in pursuit of stolen art and uncovers billions of dollars purloined by the Butcher of Damascus in this latest by master spycrafter Silva (The English Girl, 2013, etc.). Allon—part-time art restorer, full-time agent for "the Office," Israel's supersecret spy shop—is working on a Venice restoration project and awaiting the birth of twins with his wife, Chiara. Silva's setup won't confuse new readers. As a bonus, he incorporates a precis on classic art, particularly Caravaggio. Soon appears Gen. Ferrari, a policeman tracking art thefts. Ferrari's a solidly Silva character, not above extorting Allon. A former English diplomat named Bradshaw has been murdered at his Lake Como villa. Ferrari threatens to pin the killing on Allon's friend Isherwood, the art dealer who discovered the body, unless Allon finds the real killer. Rumor has it that Bradshaw, actually a cashiered spy, may have been in possession of Caravaggio's priceless "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence," missing for decades. Sketching complicated logistics and technical details about nefarious art dealings, Silva finagles the left-turn plot twist that makes him a best-seller: Allon discovers stolen art is being used to hide money for Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator. Allon steals Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" to lure the Butcher's buyer. Next, Allon heads home to Israel, where Office teammates join the fray, complicated by a few "internecine battles." There's growing resentment over Allon being slotted as the next Office chief. With stolen art spotted and the source of the buying spree laid to the Alawite rulers, art geeks take a back seat to computer nerds as the team descends on a private bank in Linz, Austria, to pry loose the Butcher's billions. In erudition, action and temperament, Silva has made Allon the modern-day covert warrior extraordinaire. With "a fallen British spy, a one-eyed Italian policeman, a master art thief, [and] a professional assassin from the island of Corsica," Allon's 14th caper is a fun read.
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“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.”
Neal Thompson
“Smart, unpredictable, and packed with bits of history, art, heart, and imagination, this is a page turner to be savored….When it comes to the vast club of practitioners of international spycraft, Silva is a cut above them all, and The English Girl is a masterwork.”
Huffington Post on The English Girl
“Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read.”
Columbus Dispatch on The English Girl
“Although Gabriel’s adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, ‘Israel’s avenging angel’ has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy.”
Huffington Post
“Magnificent….This book has all the elements you love about Silva’s writing—his way with a plot, his incomparable characters, and the range of emotions he piles into his pages.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Ingenious.”
Crimespree Magazine
“Silva has weaved together a story with intrigue, insight, and suspense.”
Naples Daily News
The Heist by Silva is nothing short of phenomenal. It is his best work to date. And that is a huge statement since each novel has been unique and marvelous.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062320056
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #14
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 5,497
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, and The Fallen Angel. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel; they live in Washington, D.C., with their two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Biography

Daniel Silva was attending graduate school in San Francisco when United Press International offered him a temporary job covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, the wire service offered him full-time employment; he quit grad school and went to work for UPI -- first in San Francisco, then in Washington, D.C., and finally as a Middle East Correspondent posted in Cairo. While covering the Iran-Iraq War in 1987, he met NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel. They married, and Silva returned to Washington to take a job with CNN.

Silva was still at CNN when, with the encouragement of his wife, he began work on his first novel, a WWII espionage thriller. Published in 1997, The Unlikely Spy became a surprise bestseller and garnered critical acclaim. ("Evocative... memorable..." said The Washington Post; "Briskly suspenseful," raved The New York Times). On the heels of this somewhat unexpected success, Silva quit his job to concentrate on writing.

Other books followed, all earning respectable reviews; but it was Silva's fourth novel that proved to be his big breakthrough. Featuring a world-famous art restorer and sometime Israeli agent named Gabriel Allon, The Kill Artist (2000) fired public imagination and soared to the top of the bestseller charts. Gabriel Allon has gone on to star in several sequels, and his creator has become one of our foremost novelists of espionage intrigue, earning comparisons to such genre superstars as John Le Carré. Frederick Forsythe, and Robert Ludlum. Silva's books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published around the world.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Full Disclosure: I have been hooked on this series for the past

    Full Disclosure: I have been hooked on this series for the past few years, and the release date of the newest Daniel Silva novel has become a "Holy Day of Obligation" for me.  That being established, I offer my review in two parts: first, to those new to this series and, secondly, to those who have been following this series in its entirety.

    For those who are new to the series / thinking about trying it out: "The Heist" will offer you the very best of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, including characters that you will come to love because of their depth and uniqueness, clear writing that, though easy to read, can sometimes also be quite beautiful, a very well thought out and researched background that is based in reality, and a outstanding use of locations throughout the world.  Unlike many thriller novels that seem to settle for glib story lines and 5th Grade quality use of the English language, it continues to be evident to me that Daniel Silva puts a lot of effort into crafting nothing but the best books to be published, and this latest installment of the novel is a good example of that.

    For those who are familiar with the series: I won't go so far as to say that this is my favorite book in the series in terms of the main drama, but what I was struck by while reading it was how Mr. Silva continues to develop the characters and ongoing story lines.  Without saying what happens, I will tell you that by the end of this book, you'll be wondering what happens next in the lives of more than a couple of the characters.  There were moments in the book where I felt a tug at my heart strings (most notably, when he visits Leah).  I am also impressed with how he brought back and/or referred to past characters in this installment, utilizing their unique attributes to further enhance this story.  

    Regardless of whether this is the first Daniel Silva book you have ever picked-up, or you have read everything he has published (like me), I am fairly certain you will have a very hard time putting this book down once you get about 100 pages into it (the story just seemed to get better and better as it went on) and will be left craving more in the future!

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    This is Silva's best by far. I love the settings and learning ab

    This is Silva's best by far. I love the settings and learning about the art world, while being on the edge of my seat. Gabriel Allon is the most wonderful character in fiction today.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Got my copy a day early and finished last night. Possibly his b

    Got my copy a day early and finished last night. Possibly his best Allon yet. Highly recommended. The art world piece is fantastic.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Silva¿s latest book, finds the legendary spy and art restorer G

    Silva’s latest book, finds the legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon in Venice, where a chilling murder investigation quickly puts him in the middle of a billion-dollar criminal network of stolen art which then leads him into the volatile world of international terror. A great summer read!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this story!

    I loved this story!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    I have read most of his books and they are excellent form start

    I have read most of his books and they are excellent form start to finish

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Will be picking it up today for my birthday. What a way to spen

    Will be picking it up today for my birthday. What a way to spend a birthday, with Daniel Silva's new book coming out on the same day! I watched the Today show interview from this morning and I am extremely excited to read this. I have started the Allon series and love the first two books. It will be awhile before i get to this one, because i read them in order. Allon took the place of Mitch Rapp for me, since Mr. Flynn's passing. Picking up my copy soon!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    If anything this is a more nuanced effort by Daniel Silva. Still his excellent pacing, inclusion of historical background and upward spiral of suspense. On the one hand Silva's books are just great reads; on the other they are sophisticated portraits of espionage, history and art history. Satisfying in every respect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    I like Silva's writing, and have especially enjoyed development

    I like Silva's writing, and have especially enjoyed development of Gabriel Allon's character and story. Despite the similarities with the "spy" stories, this "art theft recovery" story was new and engrossing. Learning a bit more about the underground world of art collectors was amazing -- how are any stolen works ever recovered unless the thieves are dolts? Anyway, an excellent read. As usual, I found myself trying to get through it as quickly as possible to find out what happened next. This visit to Allon's world was a tad less stressful (violent) than earlier ones, in that he didn't get seriously injured. And lovely to revisit some favorite places and characters from earlier books. What can I say? Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Finally! Gabriel is starting to embrace an 'only human' side. T

    Finally! Gabriel is starting to embrace an 'only human' side. Time is painting a portrait or and for Gabriel. I'm looking forward to how it colors him and his world in the next book.

    The Heist is a great rebound from the disappointment of The English Girl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Great read

    Enjoyed the book. Gabriel Allon series is lots of fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Great Read.....Daniel Silva keeps up-to-date...makes it feel real....

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Another Daniel Silva winner!

    I have read most, if not all, of the books in the Gabriel Allon series and Silva is one of the best.

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  • Posted September 15, 2014

    While not his best, still love Gabriel and it is a good read. 

    While not his best, still love Gabriel and it is a good read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Interesting

    As always a good read from Daniel Silva.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    recommend highly

    Enjoyed reading and events move along. Lots of action and things to think about in the real world.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    If you enjoy this type of book, read this one.

    All Silva's books about Gabriel Allon are interesting reading.....if you are into this type of story. This one follows the pattern of the others....good plot, interesting characters, good resolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Worth the wait

    I thought it started a bit slow. Around page 100 it picked up and was a very good book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    another must read by Daniel Silva

    One is never disappointed by anything written by Daniel Silva. Just couldn't put the book down or stop turning the Nook pages!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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