As Daniel Silva’s THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR opens, Gabriel Allon, expert art restorer and former Israeli intelligence agent, is enjoying a well-earned vacation in Cornwall, England, with his beautiful wife, Chiara. Alas, he will be soon be dragged out of retirement because of a missing painting, a series of outrageous thefts dating back to World War II, and an international financier with a great deal to hide. The work of art is a striking portrait of Rembrandt’s mistress, which was once owned by a Dutch Jew. It subsequently passed through a number of hands until it suddenly resurfaced and was put up for sale

August 8, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE BOOK OF SPIES by Gayle Lynds

THE BOOK OF SPIES would make a great edge-of-your-seat movie. But I’d hate to see a single scene cut. Gayle Lynds’ first book of her new spy series begins with an assassination. Tucker Anderson’s former colleague is picked off by a sniper before he can tell Tucker what has him so rattled. The dead man’s son was in army intelligence and wants to help Tucker find out who killed his Dad and why.

July 9, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE NEAREST EXIT by Olen Steinhauer

THE NEAREST EXIT, Olen Steinhauer’s follow-up to THE TOURIST, brings back Milo Weaver, a covert operative for the CIA. Miles is one of the elite spies known as Tourists because, like visitors to a foreign land, “they appeared and disappeared.” Tourists are “a secret sect of American agents that required none of the comforts of normal humans. No steady identity, no home, no moral center beyond the virtue of work.” Milo claims that he would rather spend quality time at home with his wife and daughter than traipse around the world robbing, maiming, and killing people. As espionage enthusiasts know, however, it is not that easy to get out of the game.

May 11, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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STONE’S FALL by Iain Pears (1)

A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, STONE’S FALL is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies. Chronologically, it moves backwards–from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890, and finally to Venice in 1867– and in the process the quest to uncover the truth plays out against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race.

May 18, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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STONE’S FALL by Iain Pears (2)

Iain Pears’ STONE’S FALL traces back the lives of arms mogul John William Stone and his beautiful wife Elizabeth (aka Lord and Lady Ravenscliff), as well as others around them. The densely detailed novel opens in Paris in March of 1953 as a journalist attends a funeral and is given a package.

May 18, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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