Portrait of an Unknown Woman - Daniel Silva

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2022-07-19
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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From 2,705 Ratings

Description

In a spellbinding new masterpiece by #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon undertakes a high-stakes search for the greatest art forger who ever lived

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon has at long last severed ties with Israeli intelligence and settled quietly in Venice, the only place where he has ever truly known peace. His beautiful wife, Chiara, has taken over the day-to-day management of the Tiepolo Restoration Company, and their two young children are discreetly enrolled in a neighborhood scuola elementare. For his part, Gabriel spends his days wandering the streets and canals of the watery city, bidding farewell to the demons of his tragic, violent past.

But when the eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood asks Gabriel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rediscovery and lucrative sale of a centuries-old painting, he is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems.

Gabriel soon discovers that the work in question, a portrait of an unidentified woman attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck, is almost certainly a fiendishly clever fake. To find the mysterious figure who painted it—and uncover a multibillion-dollar fraud at the pinnacle of the art world—Gabriel conceives one of the most elaborate deceptions of his career. If it is to succeed, he must become the very mirror image of the man he seeks: the greatest art forger the world has ever known.

Stylish, sophisticated, and ingeniously plotted, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a wildly entertaining journey through the dark side of the art world—a place where unscrupulous dealers routinely deceive their customers and deep-pocketed investors treat great paintings as though they were just another asset class to be bought and sold at a profit. From its elegant opening to the shocking twists of its climax, the novel is a tour de force of storytelling and one of the finest pieces of heist fiction ever written. And it is still more proof that, when it comes to international intrigue and suspense, Daniel Silva has no equal.

Reviews

  • Lost his way

    1
    By Wyndnight
    Time to find a new series, Daniel what the heck the preachy political tone and watering down of the elements that made this character successful has run its course. No one wants to read your about your political views in a fiction book. Wake up! Oh wait you are woke.
  • Nice change of pace

    5
    By dhsbdbb
    Definitely one of my favorite Allon books. Love that it was different than most of the others.
  • Excellent, as always

    5
    By hflores77
    Loved it! It was refreshing to revisit old characters and places from prior novels in the series. The storyline was excellent, I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the next book.
  • Portrait of an unknown woman

    5
    By Joanabake
    Less bloody than other Gabriel Allon novels, more into the art scene, which I really liked
  • Fake paintings, fake suspense.

    2
    By NiagaraMichael
    The Gabriel Allon book a year schedule has run its course. This one gets bogged down with the names of too many obscure artists, forged paintings, and a dull storyline. Author Silva definitely has a thing against women, and this strained effort keeps the negativity going. Most of his female characters are always in jeopardy and are often pawns in a scheme or are outright murdered. Wait until the book is on sale or for the paperback if you prefer physical books. This novel lacks excitement. How often do we have to read about the nasty goat or the old lady and her spells? Perhaps it’s time to send Christopher and Sarah on their own adventure. They’re the only characters with any mystery and energy.
  • Israel, for the future

    3
    By K508
    This book was entertaining for a while. It became weighted down by all of the details of the art world. Gabriel Allon is better when he is working with his old team from Israel racing around the Globe.
  • What happened?

    2
    By TRJ100
    Losing his touch and done reading this once great series because he has gotten too political in his last 2/3 books…bye bye Allon
  • Portrait of an unknown woman

    1
    By obiecatlynnemma
    Tired of political lecturing … want a a good story like your first ones in the series
  • Portrait of an unknown woman

    2
    By bookie125350
    This series has run its course. There is no more room for the Gabriel Allen character to run. I’ve read each book in the series with the last two becoming worse and worse.
  • Portrait of an Unknown Woman

    2
    By Ellebeebee
    Meh . . . Not as bad as the last two books, but doesn’t hang together very well, plot-wise. I miss the old Silva’s cutting edge, but time passes.