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Madeline Hart is a rising star in British government: beautiful,intelligent, driven to succeed by an impoverished childhood. But she also has adark secret. She is the lover of the Prime Minister, Jonathan Lancaster. Whenshe disappears on the island of Corsica, it's clear her kidnappers know aboutthe affair and intend to make the PM pay dearly for his sins. Fearful ofscandal that will destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matterprivately, and not involve the police. Enter Gabriel Allon - assassin, artrestorer and spy - who must find Madeline within seven days before she isexecuted. With the clock ticking, Allon is thrust into a deadly game of shadowsin which nothing is what it seems-and where the only thing more dangerous thanhis enemies is the truth. Gabriel's mission takes him from the criminalunderworld of Marseilles, to the stately corridors of power in London - and,finally, to a pulse-pounding climax in Moscow, a city of secrets and violencewhere there is a long list of men who want Gabriel dead ...'this is Silva athis best: the suspense is palpable, the mystery is genuine and well concealed...


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