Synopses & Reviews
Daniel Silva's first novel, The Unlikely Spy, which Richard Bernstein of The New York Times called "briskly suspenseful, tightly constructed . . . reminiscent of John le Carré's classic The Spy Who Came In from the Cold," proved itself to be one of the most auspicious thriller debuts in years. It was translated into over a dozen languages and went on to become a major international bestseller. Now, with The Mark of the Assassin, Silva firmly takes his place among the most compelling writers of his generation; it is an unputdownable tale of power, politics, and intrigue.
When Michael Osbourne of the CIA is called in to investigate the terrorist bombing of an airliner off the coast of Long Island, there is one relevant clue that drives him: a body found in the water near the crash site with three bullet holes in its face. Osbourne recognizes the deadly markings as the work of a world-class assassin, a man whose very existence has never been proven because the only people ever to have seen him became his victims. And among those victims was a young woman Osbourne loved years before.
As Osbourne gets closer and closer to the assas-sin's trail, his personal obsessions threaten to consume not only the investigation, but his marriage and family life as well. When the frightening identity of the assassin's employers becomes clear, Osbourne puts himself and his loved ones in the sights of the most fearsome man on earth.
With breathtaking plot twists, complex characters, and a villain who is among the most ruthless, diabolical creations in modern thriller fiction, The Mark of the Assassin is a razor-sharp suspense masterpiece from one of the most exciting new authors at work today.
Last year, Daniel Silva's first novel The Unlikely Spy hit bestseller lists around the country -- proving itself one of the most auspicious debut thrillers in years.
Now, with The Mark of the Assassin, Silva firmly takes his place among the most compelling writers of his generation with an unputdownable tale of power, politics, and intrigue -- fueled by an assassin called October: one of the most brilliant, ruthlessly diabolical creations in modern thriller fiction.
When Michael Osbourne of the ClA is called in to investigate the terrorist bombing of an airliner off the coast of Long Island, there is only one relevant clue that drives him: a body found in the water, near the crash site, with three bullet holes to its face. That is the mark of a deadly assassin whom Michael has faced before; a man whose existence has never been proven -- but who, Michael knows, is responsible for the murder of a woman he loved years ago. When Michael gets on the trail of the assassin, he finds himself getting closer and closer to solving the puzzle of the airline crash -- and the frightening truth of the people who are the assassin's employers -- while putting himself and his loved ones in the sights of the most fearsome man on earth.
With a breathtaking finale that is among the best pursuit scenes in contemporary thriller fiction, The Mark of the Assassin is a sure bestseller -- and a book that will secure Daniel Silva's place among the modern masters of suspense fiction.
"A classic World War II adventure thriller". -- Robert Harris, author of Fatherland
About the Author
Daniel Silva's first novel, The Unlikely Spy, was a New York Times and international bestseller and was sold as a major motion picture to Twentieth Century-Fox. A former journalist and television producer, Silva has covered everything from Washington politics to the conflicts in the Middle East. He lived and worked in Cairo, where some of The Mark of the Assassin is set.
He now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC Today show correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children. He is currently at work on a new novel.