The Kill Artist

The Kill Artist

A Novel

Book - 2000
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From worldwide bestselling author Daniel Silva, praised by Newsday for "bringing new life to the international thriller,"The Kill Artistis a taut and elegantly structured novel about a reluctant hero and his mission to destroy an old enemy and preserve international peace. Gabriel Allon had a simple but brutal job: he tracked down and eliminated Israel's terrorist enemies. But when his wife and son fell victim to the danger that accompanied him everywhere, Gabriel quit and devoted himself to the work of art restoration, an occupation that had previously been a cover for his secret assignments. Now Ari Shamron, the head of Israeli intelligence, needs Gabriel's particular kind of experience to thwart a Palestinian plot to destroy the peace negotiations in the Middle East. The architect of this plot, a Palestinian zealot named Tariq, is a lethal part of Gabriel's past, so as the two begin an intercontinental game of hide-and-seek, with life and death as the prizes, the motives are as personal as they are political. The story features a vivid and fascinating supporting cast, including the magus-like Ari Shamron, a beautiful French Jewish model who is seeking retribution for her family's death in the Holocaust, and a marvelously comic down-at-the-heels London art dealer. Set these colorful and varied characters against a brilliant background of political intrigue and vengeance at the highest levels and a manhunt that covers three continents, and the result is a smart and electrically exciting global thriller.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375500909
0375500901
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 428 p. ; 25 cm.

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A great fast paced read. The original was written before he meets his second wife in a later novel, so I was a bit confused about where he was in his PTSD recovery. But I love this type of fast paced and intricate spy novel. The good and the bad are shades of grey, not black and white. The big wigs make mistakes and put people's lives at risk. And the art restoration cover identity is a fascinating backdrop to all of that intrigue. Politics are complex and the middle east problem is amongst the most fraught for modern day peacekeepers. The author strikes a nice balance between justice and revenge in the violent world of middle east politics.

rprivette Mar 14, 2012

After downloading Silva's Gabriel Allon novels which he wrote after Kill Artist, I finally read this in paperback. NOT impressed. Too silly.

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anon_reader
Jan 20, 2012

“This is a bad book. A very bad book.” He opined, talking off his owl-like steel glasses with his short, stubby fingers. He pinched the bridge of his nose where the nose pieces had left deep red indentations. The very same nose that had been broken by a piece of Egyptian shrapnel during the six-day war.


“I’m going to write a review and post it on the OPL site!” he declared, pounding the keyboard with suppressed fury. “I need to warn people about this book!” he growled, through his jaw broken by a stone hurled by a Palestinian terrorist during the intifada. “Readers need to know!”


“But what did you expect?” asked his lovely companion. “It’s a spy novel. It’s the kind of book that you read at the beach. Or on an airplane. It’s not supposed to be great literature.” she cooed.


“Yes, but there’s a difference between a well-written trashy novel and a poorly written trashy novel.” he snarled, short stubby fingers stabbing the keyboard like a Scud missile streaking through the sky to rain destruction on the kibbutz. “A well-written trashy novel holds your attention. The prose and description do not get in the way of telling the story. This book is full of purple prose and unnecessary descriptive phrases that just jump out at you like an Israeli paratrooper leaping from a plane. It’s too irritating to continue.” he sneered, slamming the book down on the table like a IED exploding on a lonely road during the night. “I’m going to write this review, then take the book back. It’s just not worth my time.” he exclaimed, continuing to attack the keyboard like a mensch possessed. “There are plenty more books in the OPL. I will move on to another more readable. Perhaps something by Dan Brown.”


His lovely companion rolled her eyes. “Yes, you do that dear.” she murmured.

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rahmmie
Mar 18, 2011

Entertaining, well written, the villain's actions at the end don't quite make sense, though

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