This novel, first in the Gabriel Allon series, is a fast-paced, anti-terrorist, political story of the Middle East in the 1990s. Daniel Silva paints an absorbing portrait of a reluctant hero’s attempt to thwart an old enemy to preserve a precarious peace. After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again is drawn into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In this game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it is hard to keep up. It is a great read for those who enjoy this genre. I am ready for the next in the series!!