The English Assassin Silva's second thriller featuring Israeli spy- cum-London art restorer Gabriel Allon begins with the murder of a Swiss banker who had been hoarding masterpiece paintings… The English Assassin Silva's second thriller featuring Israeli spy- cum-London art restorer Gabriel Allon begins with the murder of a Swiss banker who had been hoarding masterpiece paintings… 2002-02-01 Fiction
Book Review

THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN (2002)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Feb 01, 2002; Writer: Daniel Silva; Genre: Fiction

Silva's second thriller featuring Israeli spy- cum-London art restorer Gabriel Allon begins with the murder of a Swiss banker who had been hoarding masterpiece paintings stolen from Jews during World War II. Unfortunately, Silva's plotting is as sophisticated as paint-by-numbers. How else to account for a yarn that trots out a Corsican fortune-teller to provide foreshadowing and various bad guys who inexplicably become allies at convenient moments? Allon is the only character whose actions and motivations make any sense, but even he is saddled with sloppily written descriptions like this one: ''...Gabriel's eyes flickered about the room like searchlights.'' While the novel's high-adrenaline pacing suggests high gloss, the rest could use a retouch. C

Originally posted Apr 05, 2002 Published in issue #647 Apr 05, 2002 Order article reprints
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