Sunday, December 7, 2008

Six: Moscow Rules - Daniel Silva

Moscow Rules
1. Assume every room is bugged.
2. Assume every telephone call is monitored.
3. Assume everyone is potentially under opposition control.
4. Don't look back - you are never completely alone.

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and international spy, finally takes a 'vacation' by honeymooning in the Italian countryside with his new bride, Chiara. In Courchevel, France, a Russian journalist is murdered while investigating a sale of weapons between a Russian arms trafficker & Al-Qaeda. His editor, Boris Ostrovsky, contacts the Israeli Intelligence office wanting to talk to Gabriel about the tip that this journalist was researching. Just as Gabriel meets Boris face-to-face, the editor is poisoned in the middle of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. No longer able to continue his honeymoon, Gabriel begins an elaborate plan to find out what information Boris wanted to tell him. Between posing as an Israeli representative to an UNESCO conference and forging a Mary Cassatt painting, Gabriel and his team unravel the details of the sale.

Daniel Silva's tale takes the reader from the cold and impoverished streets of Moscow to the elegant and lavish shores of the Saint-Tropez, France. Ripped from the headlines, this novel has many twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Silva, Daniel. Moscow Rules. Putnam (2008). 433 pages. ISBN 0399155015
Last fall I heard Daniel Silva talk at National Book Festival. Ever since then I've been a fan of his books. This book was the first mystery/thriller I've read in a long time. I definitely had a hard time putting down this book. I was very intrigued by Silva's usage of the recent headlines regarding Russian journalists. Even though this book is over 400 pages - it's a very quick read and leaves you wanting more.

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