Ohhhhh, this is good. Speculating a living relative of turncoat British spy, Kim Philby, author Silva imagines this relative as a high placed mole in the Westetn intelligence structure. It's a thought-provoking scenario and gives Gabriel Allon, his recurring character, something to sink his teeth into.

The writing is so good - spare, elegant, and suspenseful. My hope is that new espionage writer Jason Matthews, with his extensive insider knowledge of spycraft, will rise to this level of writing excellence as his career continues. Fingers crossed.

As always, I can't wait for the next Silva offering.

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