Daniel Silva’s bestselling series featuring Gabriel Allon, now head of the Israeli Secret Service, has always seemed to be a step ahead of the headlines. But his latest, The Other Woman, seems to set a new standard. A coveted Russian operative is killed minutes before he will be handed over to Israeli authorities. While the Israelis are blamed for not only botching the handover, but actually implicated in killing the Russian, Allon knows the truth: there is a mole in the British security services working for the Russians. Who that is and how that person can be uncovered and stopped forms the plot of The Other Woman.
If you’ve been a Silva fan, you know that his protagonist, Allon is one of the more fascinating figures in the genre. As an operative whose cover was working as an art restorer (and a very talented one at that), Allon’s instincts and abilities as a spy soon elevated him, against his objections, to the top job in Israeli security. Allon’s public profile makes him a target for Israel’s enemies, at times preventing him from doing what he does best – operating in the field. But in this outing, as in previous ones, Allon manages to thwart his protective detail to find the mole himself.
Silva appeared on TV promoting his book and appeared slightly overwhelmed by the fact that his latest mystery seems to be echoing headlines dealing with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Since Silva spends years researching and writing each Allon entry, we can only marvel at his skills to read the future.
This is a compelling read. Silva and Allon at their best.
The Other Woman
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