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 1,663 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

  • Fascinating!

    5
    By bbl30
    Silva is back in original form.
  • I gave up

    2
    By Ms. Larson
    I have read a lot of Daniel Silva’s books I enjoyed many of them. This was not one of those. It just wasn’t engaging.
  • Slow at first but good at end

    4
    By Dan Vermilion
    Silva’s main character is getting old, so are his books. This book is flawed by too many characters who are hard to follow. However, the book avoids most of Silva’s usual Jewish propaganda and is a pretty good read — especially at the end.
  • Wonderful

    5
    By Scotthole1
    This is a wonderful story. Can’t wait for the next book.
  • Gabriel Allon: Portrait of an Unknown Woman

    5
    By texasfan2011
    Another winner by Daniel Silva. I recommend.
  • Back to form

    4
    By TigersJC86
    After the massively disappointing previous novel, The Cellist, Daniel Silva returns to form with an excellent mystery and self contained story. Honestly, this was needed as my love for the series wained with the last novel plus I grew tired of “save the world” or “save the country” style stories. Thankfully, the author kept most of his political opinions out of the novel (not completely) and you can just enjoy the story and characters.
  • This one is a fake.

    1
    By Lareding
    It can’t have been written by Silva. It’s mostly full of words about how stylish clothing, cars and places. There’s very little story here. You were once a great author. What happened??? That’s the real mystery.
  • Decent read

    4
    By TerryS4846
    The author has extended his Allon franchise into the character’s retirement with a pretty implausible plot line . Nevertheless it was a decent beach type read. I am still exasperated by the way the author lards up the word count in every book by repeating verbatim long descriptions of characters and events from previous novels. It’s lazy and disrespectful to the readers. Mr Silva must have a software program that fills in half the book before he even starts!
  • I have a bone to pick with the author

    5
    By bill.george
    I was happily reading two other books when I was notified my pre-order of “An Unknown Woman” was available for download. I have read all of the Gabriel Allon novels, and could not resist opening this one. Now I can’t put it down because the story, the characters, and the atmosphere of the book are preventing me from doing so; they are just too good and too absorbing. I am 71 and I am encouraged to believe that there will be more books in this series, since Mr. Silva is a good deal younger than I, and his imagination seems inexhaustible. I don’t want to think about a time when I might not have a Daniel Silva novel at hand.
  • Portrait of an Unknown Woman

    3
    By Tinsler
    A dedicated reader of Daniel Silva, I found this read to be lacking in grabbing my attention until the very end. So it was a difficult read for me. I wanted to put It down several times, and move on to something more interesting.