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The Confessorby Daniel Silva
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Munich: The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said, "Who the hell are you?" In response, the man shot him. As Stern lay dying, the gunman murmured a few words in Latin, then he gathered the writer's papers and left.
Venice: The art restorer Gabriel Allon applied a dab of paint carefully to the Bellini, then read the message thrust into his hands. Stern was dead; could he leave right away? With a sigh, the Mossad agent began to put his brushes away.
The Vatican: The priest named Pietro paced in the garden, thinking about the things he had discovered, the enemies he would make, the journey before him. Men would surely die, and he wished another could take it for him. But he knew that was not possible. In the weeks to come, the journeys of all three men will come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. And with them, the lives of millions...
Filled with rich characters, remarkable prose, and a multilayered plot of uncommon intensity, this is the finest work yet by a new master of the art.
"Another polished and entertaining thriller from the prolific Silva, this one tracking dark secrets in Vatican City....Powered by steady pacing, keen detail, and a strong, ironic finish." Kirkus Reviews
"Silva, who here loads new excitement into the word thriller, will touch nerves with this hypothetical exploration of the Church's silence on these topics. The Vatican, Venice, and Munich are perfectly drawn as the settings for these dark acts of ambition, greed, and revenge, as are the characters, whom you'd scarcely believe live only on the page." Library Journal
"An uncommonly intelligent thriller told with elegant precision. A searing portrait of a church under siege by its own corrupt bureaucracy." Booklist (starred review)
"Many books and plays have questioned Pope Pius XII's silence and lack of action during the Holocaust. At the end of The Confessor, after many scenes of thumping action, passionate words, hot pursuit and cold revenge, what will probably stay with you longest are the quiet moments where the reasons for Pope Paul VII's convictions are revealed. ... [I]t certainly leaves a tingle." The Chicago Tribune
"Accomplished...as elegantly written as its predecessors...a compelling piece of fiction, one that manages to be both superior entertainment and a hard look at serious issues." The Washington Post
"The plot of The Confessor is complex, yes, but it's so believable that, by the end of the book, you will be wondering how much of this might really have happened, or might happen yet. It's a fine, absorbing read-especially if you'd like something that feels current and will occupy your mind so thoroughly that, for a while, you can forget about what's going on in the rest of the world." Bookreporter.com
The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said, "Who the hell are you?" In response, the man shot him. Filled with rich characters, remarkable prose, and a multilayered plot of uncommon intensity, this is the finest work yet by a new master of the art.
From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy and The Mark of the Assassin — who "ranks among the best of the younger American spy novelists" (The Washington Post) — comes a stunning, complex thriller of ancient and modern betrayal.
About the Author
Daniel Silva is the author of the bestselling novels The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, and The English Assassin, and his latest novel, The Confessor. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel.
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