Have you read or watched the movie the “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown? If you liked this author, then you may like Daniel Silva, who is consistently on the New York Times bestseller list. Like a James Bond movie, Silva’s books are fast-paced, based in European countries, and full of compelling characters, including a hero fighting to “right wrongs.”
“The English Assassin” is about the looting of Jewish paintings during WWII and a provocative historical view that Swiss bankers traded hard currency for Nazi gold. As compensation, these bankers received thousands of paintings taken by the Nazis from Jews during the Holocaust. Our hero is Israeli spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon. Allon goes to Zurich and discovers the body of Augustus Rolfe, a prominent Swiss banker murdered when his conscience gets the better of him. His daughter, Anna Rolfe, a renowned violinist becomes Allon’s key accomplice, and the two dodge the English Assassin in order to uncover Rolfe’s hidden past and the secrets of a hidden Swiss banking aristocracy.
Silva’s books, while fiction, focus on history, art, and religion, and in this book, Swiss culture and music. If you are like me, you may want to follow-up with some fact checking of Silva’s historically based storyline. Daniel Silva with his Conspiracy/Espionage Thrillers is currently one of my favorite authors. Let me know if he becomes one of yours.