Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, hero of several earlier books by Daniel Silva, returns in his latest novel. After living in Europe, Gabriel has returned to Israel to resuming working as one the world's great art restorers. However, when his mentor is viciously attacked, Gabriel returns to Mossad's Special Forces bureau to find the culprit. At about the same time, he is summoned to the Vatican to thwart a terrorist offensive at St. Peter's Basilica.
With the help of a White House bigwig, Gabriel discovers that a Saudi billionaire, Ahmed bin Shafiq, has bankrolled both the planned attack at the Vatican and the attempted murder of his friend. The Israeli spy then concocts a scheme to infiltrate Shafiq's labyrinthine organization, which requires the help of a beautiful American art curator named Sarah Bancroft. Gabriel and his team assure Sarah that they'll constantly be watching her back, but unexpected glitches occur, and Sarah faces torture and death.
This report prepared by Elana Starr