The Rembrandt Affair

The Rembrandt Affair

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"Of those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best."
- The Kansas City Star .

"The perfect book for fans of well-crafted thrillers ... the kind of page- turner that captures the reader from the opening chapter and doesn't let go."
- The Associated Press

Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in a spellbinding new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Over the course of a brilliant career, Daniel Silva has established himself as "the gold standard" of thriller writers ( Dallas Morning News ) who "has hit upon the perfect formula to keep espionage-friendly fans' fingers glued to his books, turning pages in nearly breathless anticipation" ( BookPage ). But now, having reached "the pinnacle of world-class spy thriller writing" ( The Denver Post ), Silva has produced his most extraordinary novel to date-a tale of greed, passion, and murder spanning more than half a century, centered on an object of haunting beauty.

Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting to die for ...

Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer, Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.

Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face to face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world.

Filled with remarkable twists and turns of plot, and told with seductive prose, The Rembrandt Affair is more than just summer entertainment of the highest order. It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2010
ISBN: 9780399156588
Characteristics: 484 p


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Apr 26, 2021

I'm pretty sure I read this one years ago but I don't remember the plot, so it doesn't matter. Gabriel is recruited by his friend, London art dealer Julian Isherwood, to recover a stolen Rembrandt portrait that Julian is on the hook for. From remote Cornwall, Gabriel and Chiara go haring off across Europe in search of it, starting with the painting's original home in Amsterdam's Jewish quarter where Rembrandt's studio was. Turns out the painting belonged to a Jewish art dealer who was forced to sell it for a song to a Nazi official in order to save his daughter from Auschwitz. It's part of a huge treasure this Nazi amassed, hidden in Swiss bank accounts that he was unable to access before fleeing to Argentina. It was stolen from him by his banker. Now it belongs to the banker's son, a famous industrialist with a squeaky-clean image that belies his nefarious activities, including selling nuclear bomb-making materiel to Iran.

The Israelis decide to use the treasure to stop the Swiss industrialist's Iran activities. Gabriel gets the team back together, along with Zoe Reed, an English financial journalist who, as the industrialist's mistress, provides entree.

Silva's patented formula: a page-turner with nail-biting tension and near-failure of the mission (Zoe and Mikhail's capture and escape from the bad guys' clutches at a Swiss mountain villa) before the inevitable successful conclusion. The plot requires the reader's willing suspension of disbelief which makes it no less enjoyable.

Feb 12, 2021

Daniel Silvia is a writer that takes me in a Journey full of suspense, intrigue, passion, Justice, and vengeance all at the same time. Very entertaining. I love his style.

Sep 02, 2019

Best of his books I have tried to read, I actually finished this one. Usually his books are overdone and unbelievable, but this is the best of a poor lot.

Apr 14, 2019


Apr 06, 2018

excellent read. spy, international art, iran, very well written. Gabriel Allon protagonist.

Nov 11, 2017

This was my first Daniel Silva book and it won't be the last. It takes a good writer to be able to tell a story, stay on track and thread and not let language get in the way (think the eminently unreadable show off Harlan Coben). This was a story that takes time to develop the characters and it has a very natural flow. A very enjoyable and entertaining read.

May 16, 2016

This was a good read. Think of Dan Brown's books, but with better writing. Some of the exposition is a little clunky, such as one character asking another for details that the first character surely would have known. A satisfying ending. Wouldn't necessarily rush out to read another in the series, but if I saw other readers posting excellent reviews I'd try another of Silva's books.

Mar 20, 2016

Too much history not enough mystery. Silva is beginning to repeat himself (remember Sarah?).

Jan 13, 2016

Great plot with lots of action. A little slow at first but quickly picked up. Looking forward to reading more of his work.

Terrific spy novel underpinned by some great art restoration education. Fast paced, well researched and satisfying ending.

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