The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
This book is the first in the Gabriel Allon series. Published in 2004, The Kill Artist introduces the reader to Gabriel Allon – a former Israeli secret intelligence operative turned professional art restorer. The reader learns Gabriel led the team of Israeli
operatives responsible for tracking down and killing individuals allegedly involved with the hostage taking and killing of the Israeli Olympic team during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
Gabriel’s involvement in Israel’s response to the killings come’s back to haunt him 17 years later when a car bomb goes off that kills his son and leaves his wife in a psychiatric hospital. The car bomb takes Gabriel away from his life as a professional art restorer and back into his life as a secret Israeli operative. As he avenges his family, Gabriel must face the ghosts of his past and learn how the rules of secret intelligence and terrorism have changed.
While the idea of one man having the skills to be a top-secret intelligence agent and have the talent to be a professional art restorer may be far-reaching, give the book a chance. This book is full of adventure, action and mystery. It combines fact with fiction, mixes history, art, political science and ethics and will keep you coming back for more. It is the first book of eleven in the Gabriel Allon series.
Review written by Amanda Breu