By Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon, paintings restorer and undercover agent, is set to stand the best problem of his life.
Allon is convalescing from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian grasp terrorist, whilst terrorism involves locate him once more. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and images are chanced on on his machine - pictures that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is making plans one among its such a lot audacious assaults ever, immediately on the middle of the Vatican.
Allon warns his previous pal Monsignor Luigi Donati, the pope’s deepest secretary, and rushes to Rome to help in defense, yet what neither he nor Donati is aware is that the Vatican has been completely penetrated. a rare enemy walks between them…and he’s simply getting started.
In the times and weeks to return, Allon and his colleagues will locate themselves in a perilous duel of wits opposed to the most risky males on this planet - a hunt that would take them throughout Europe to the Caribbean and again. yet for them, there may possibly easily now not be sufficient of whatever: sufficient time, adequate proof, adequate luck.
All Allon can do is determined his capture - and wish that he's no longer the single stuck in it.
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Who’s the executive of your paintings division? ” “At the instant, it’s me. yet I’d such as you to take over that activity. ” “What approximately Andrew Malone? ” “Andrew Malone isn't any longer operating for me. ” Zizi fussed for a second along with his prayer beads. His eyes went back to the tv reveal and remained there whereas he spoke. “My association with Andrew used to be purported to be specific. I paid him a beneficiant retainer. In go back he used to be to provide me recommendation with out attainable clash of curiosity on his half. because it became out, Andrew many times betrayed me. For the final numerous years he’s been taking funds from me and from the folk I’ve been paying for from, a flagrant violation of our contract. one of the purchasers and creditors who made funds to Andrew in violation of his agreement used to be Julian Isherwood. ” He checked out her. “Were you conscious of any money fee through Julian Isherwood to Andrew Malone? ” “I wasn’t,” she stated. “And if it occurred, I’m sorry. ” “I think you,” he stated. “Andrew may have sworn Julian to secrecy. He used to be cautious to hide his tracks in his double dealings. regrettably he couldn't cover the proof of his betrayal inside of his financial institution bills. That’s how we discovered approximately it. ” He made one other look on the tv and frowned. “The activity i've got in brain for you is way better than Andrew’s. not just will you support me within the acquisition of works, yet additionally, you will be chargeable for the care and conservation of the gathering. It’s my goal to start lending a few of my items to eu and American museums as a method of fostering higher cultural family among my nation and the West. As a former curator, you're greater than suited for deal with these transactions. ” He scrutinized her for a second. “Would you have an interest in any such place? ” “I may, but—” “—but you wish to talk about funds and advantages earlier than giving me a solution, which I comprehend thoroughly. when you don’t brain my asking, how a lot is Julian paying you presently? ” “Actually, i believe i'd brain. ” He sighed seriously and gave his prayer beads a twirl. “Is it your purpose to make this as tricky as attainable? ” “I attempt to not make a behavior of negotiating opposed to myself. ” “I’m ready to pay you a wage of 5 hundred thousand money a 12 months, plus housing, plus an enormous fee account. The activity will require loads of travel—and, in fact, you'd be spending loads of time with me and my nuclear family. That used to be the explanation I invited you in this cruise. i needed you to get to understand us. I belief you’ve loved your self and our hospitality. ” “Very much,” she stated. He held up his fingers. “Well? ” “I’ll desire a assured agreement of 3 years. ” “Done. ” “Five hundred the 1st yr, 600 the second one, and 7 fifty the 3rd. ” “Done. ” “And then there’s the signing bonus. ” “Name your determine. ” “Two hundred and fifty thousand. ” “I used to be ready to offer you one other . will we have a deal? ” “I think we do. ” Her smile fast light. “I’m no longer anticipating telling Julian approximately it.