Synopses & Reviews
The sins of the past reverberate into the present, in an extraordinary novel by the new master of international suspense.
It was an ordinary-looking photograph. Just the portrait of a man. But the very sight of it chilled Allon to the bone.
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?
Fueled by an intensity he has not felt in years, Allon cautiously begins to investigate; but with each layer that is stripped away, the greater the evil that is revealed, a web stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives. Soon, the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring...
Rich with sharply etched characters and prose, and a plot of astonishing intricacy, this is an uncommonly intelligent thriller by one of our very best writers.
"[S]uperbly crafted....Action and suspense abound, but this is serious fiction with a serious purpose. Silva keeps the pressure on the reader as well as his characters as there are important lessons to be learned and vital history to be remembered." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"As usual, Silva has crafted an exciting and complex novel."
"Nerve searing and painfully beautiful, A Death in Vienna is brilliant." Patricia Cornwell
"A muffled hero caught in lethargic intrigue that will be disturbing news for readers....The most chilling section is the historical note at the end." Kirkus Reviews
"Silva writes le Carre-style spy novels in which the action...retains knife-edge-sharp suspense....Scrupulously avoiding the whiplash that comes from too much action...this finely wrought thriller reads like an exquisitely suspenseful chess game." Connie Fletcher, Booklist
"A masterful and compelling tale of evil, treachery and revenge...goes to the top of the list of this year's best."— Rocky Mountain News
"A masterfully constructed tale of memory and revenge. It demonstrates that thrillers can be more than entertainment."— MiamiHerald
"[A] superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue."— Publishers Weekly
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to investigate a bombing and uncovers a portrait of evil stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives-and into his own personal nightmares.
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, The English Assassin, and The Confessor. He lives with his wife, NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel.