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After having fought a secret war to bring a master terrorist down, the superspy, assassin, and art restorer Gabriel Allon, is now in Rome. Gabriel is here to restore one of the greatest art pieces created by the legendary artist Caravaggio.
One morning, when he is at work at the Conservation Lab, he is called by Monsignor Luigi Donati, a friend, and the private secretary to Pope Paul VII, to St. Peter's Basilica. A beautiful woman who worked at the antiquities department as a curator, lies terribly smashed beneath Michelangelo's dome.
When Gabriel gets to the scene of the crime, he suspects murder despite local police authorities claiming it was suicide. It appears that Monsignor Luigi Donati, too, suspects it's murder, but is avoiding a public inquiry, fearing that this event will further inflict scandal on the Church. That's the reason for him to call Gabriel to get to the root of all this. Gabriel has the license to go for it using his unparalleled talents and experience, but with one exception. He has to investigate this matter silently and without asking too many questions.
During his investigation, Gabriel learns that the beautiful woman may have unearthed a powerful secret before she was murdered. This secret relates to a vast criminal network that loots and sells treasures of antiquity to the highest bidder. But there's more to this covert network than greed. An old enemy has risen for vengeance, and is plotting an act of sabotage that could create a conflict of apocalyptic proportions across the world. It's time, again, for Gabriel to walk the path of danger and uncover the truth.
The setting for The Fallen Angel changes throughout the book, as it moves from the Vatican to Vienna and Berlin, and finally reaches the world's most sacred and contested land, Jerusalem. The story is one of faith and of the destructive power of secrets, and serves as a reminder to not repeat the past.
The Fallen Angel, just like the other Daniel Silva titles that preceded it, featured #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.
About Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva is an American author.
He is the author of The English Girl, The Messenger, Portrait of a Spy, and A Death in Vienna.
Daniel Silva was born in Michigan, but was raised and educated in California. He was a catholic at birth, but later converted to Judaism. Daniel's career began in 1984 as a journalist with United Press International. After working for a year in a temporary position, he was made permanent, after which he moved to Washington D.C., and then to Cairo, Egypt, to work as UPI's middle east correspondent. He then returned to Washington D.C. and took up a job with CNN's Washington Bureau. It was in the year 1994 that Daniel began work on his first novel, and in 1997, he quit CNN to take up writing full-time. He is the recipient of the Barry Award for the year 2007.