A Death in Cornwall - Daniel Silva

A Death in Cornwall

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2024-07-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 300 Ratings

Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

A brutal murder, a missing masterpiece, a mystery only Gabriel Allon can solve . . .

Art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon has slipped quietly into London to attend a reception at the Courtauld Gallery celebrating the return of a stolen self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh. But when an old friend from the Devon and Cornwall Police seeks his help with a baffling murder investigation, he finds himself pursuing a powerful and dangerous new adversary.

The victim is Charlotte Blake, a celebrated professor of art history from Oxford who spends her weekends in the same seaside village where Gabriel once lived under an assumed identity. Her murder appears to be the work of a diabolical serial killer who has been terrorizing the Cornish countryside. But there are a number of telltale inconsistencies, including a missing mobile phone. And then there is the mysterious three-letter cypher she left behind on a notepad in her study.

Gabriel soon discovers that Professor Blake was searching for a looted Picasso worth more than a $100 million, and he takes up the chase for the painting as only he can—with six Impressionist canvases forged by his own hand and an unlikely team of operatives that includes a world-famous violinist, a beautiful master thief, and a lethal contract killer turned British spy. The result is a stylish and wildly entertaining mystery that moves at lightning speed from the cliffs of Cornwall to the enchanted island of Corsica and, finally, to a breathtaking climax on the very doorstep of 10 Downing Street.

Supremely elegant and suspenseful, A Death in Cornwall is Daniel Silva at his best—a dazzling tale of murder, power, and insatiable greed that will hold readers spellbound until they turn the final page.

Reviews

  • Next please

    5
    By goldydaone
    Great as usual.
  • It’s fine

    3
    By TigersJC86
    This book was ok but nothing spectacular. Kind of political kind of a heist but didn’t feel special or terribly thrilling
  • Wretched

    1
    By MarkWhiteLotus
    Amazing how much one can drink and still perform at an elite level. That said the “loose” “witty” banter is cringe worthy. Terrible book. Reads like ChatGPT wrote most of it.
  • Tiring

    3
    By Ivy sable
    Too many characters, too many locations, too convoluted trying to keep it all straight. And really tired of Allon deciding who gets away with zillions of dollars tax free even though they are extremely corrupt. Done with this author
  • Perhaps his best work yet.

    5
    By Afinchesq
    This timely tale and description of the financial world in the epilogue all came together, bringing together an interesting team of rouges turned heroes. Great from beginning to end. Bravo!
  • A Death in Cornwall

    4
    By dotted eighth note
    A convolutedmplot, but missing the taught plot line created by Gabriel’s affiliation with Israeli intelligence. Some clever dialogue and the usual trans European travel/pursuit. Not a bad effort for the first installment away from the Israeli connection.
  • To Be Clear….

    5
    By rcbma
    There are few fiction authors that merit an increase of $1 from my parsimonious self. Remaining at the top of that list, including luminaries such as John Sandford and C.J. Box, is Daniel Silva. Silva had to transition the fictional former head of Israeli intelligence to our current reality of corrupt governments, the people who both enable and inhabit them and then hide under the mantras of laissez-faire and populism. The book starts off slowly when, in reality, it is setting the stage for the excellent storyline to emerge. Silva makes no bones about how many politicians will sell their good offices for money and power - some of the schemes so banal and venal that Silva’s denials of their veracity ring hollow. Beyond the story Silva provides an excellent education in art fraud, how it enables tax cheats to escape multiple billions in taxes that, if paid, could benefit those so much less fortunate, among other laudable initiatives. He reminds us that 1% of the super-rich are holding 50% of the wealth, so much of it generated or enabled by the equivalence of slave labor. Stepping off of my soapbox, I’ve deliberately omitted much of the storyline itself. Suffice it to say that Silva brings together many of his old acquaintances (mostly not Office ones) to bring resolution to a coup close to fruition. It is set, interestingly (and many would say “accurately” in the U.K. Its relevance to events in the U.S. though is unmistakable. Buy the book. Well worth the extra dollar.
  • Keeps getting better

    5
    By crg129
    I’m not sure which is worse - the anticipation of the next book or finishing it, knowing you now have to wait another year for the next. This time, I had the pleasure of meeting the author after the launch of the book and was delighted by his wit, intelligence and concise answers to a multitude of questions. It greatly added to the enjoyment of reading the book. Silva said that Gabriel is as real to him as anyone. I agree, and am particularly struck by the arch of this character in this 27th book of the series.