Portrait of an unknown woman
By Daniel Silva
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Daniel Silva’s new thriller Portrait of an unknown woman arrived in bookstores. It’s his 25th book and it’s already heading for the bestseller list. Location, time, and crimes may change, but Silva always turns out a masterpiece. This one involves Gabriel Allon, the notorious Israeli intelligence spy who finally left behind his dangerous and violent past and settled in Venice with his wife Chiara and two children, Irene and Raphael.
Enter London art dealer Julian Isherwood who convinces Gabriel that he should help him identify a criminal involved in forgery, theft and money laundering. This quickly involves drug rings, beautiful women and a Ponzi scheme, journalists and connoisseurs of Italian old masters. Art dealers, brokers, experts join us. What seems to bring them all together is that everyone has access to millions of dollars and for years there has been a growing story of wealthy buyers who continue to thrive on the gold mine of the world of l art for scammers. These people continue to get rich from the sale of reproductions of 17th and 18th century art, which already has a habit of becoming a multi-million dollar gold mine for collectors. Recognized as the first art expert and as a painter himself, Gabriel slowly returns to research this threat to the art world without revealing his own role in solving it.
He does not seek answers alone and involves New York and European experts, law enforcement, the FBI, art forgers so skilled as experts from museums and shops from the Louvre to the J. Paul Getty Museum are not sure right from wrong in several countries.
Readers of fictional heists will remember that Silva is at the top of the ladder in knowing every aspect of his spy stories. His books have been translated into thirty languages and keep readers hungry. Each book reveals another aspect of his skill and intelligence in many areas of expertise. Portrait of an Unknown Woman, is almost a chapter-by-chapter testament to this, as people and events revolve completely around, upside down, and often become opposite to what Silva has shot.
It keeps the reader on their toes. There are slender women and wealthy contributors as well as male victims and crime solvers. All are believable in the intrigue of the financial worlds and artistic shenanigans. Millions and billions of dollars go through every phone call. Dealers are wiped out with incredible speed, but there is always a hint of funds somewhere to move the dollars.
There’s something exciting about jumping from five-star hotels to yachts, Mercedes and Bentleys, and foul play and even loss of life in exotic towns where bad guys are as likely to get away as bad guys. nice to be killed. Things happen quickly as peace is restored for the rich and famous. The money and the paintings? This is another challenge for Daniel Silva to solve in another book.
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