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In a spellbinding new masterpiece by #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon undertakes a high-stakes search for the greatest art forger who ever lived

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon has at long last severed ties with Israeli intelligence and settled quietly in Venice, the only place where he has ever truly known peace. His beautiful wife, Chiara, has taken over the day-to-day management of the Tiepolo Restoration Company, and their two young children are discreetly enrolled in a neighborhood scuola elementare. For his part, Gabriel spends his days wandering the streets and canals of the watery city, bidding farewell to the demons of his tragic, violent past.

But when the eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood asks Gabriel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rediscovery and lucrative sale of a centuries-old painting, he is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems.

Gabriel soon discovers that the work in question, a portrait of an unidentified woman attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck, is almost certainly a fiendishly clever fake. To find the mysterious figure who painted it—and uncover a multibillion-dollar fraud at the pinnacle of the art world—Gabriel conceives one of the most elaborate deceptions of his career. If it is to succeed, he must become the very mirror image of the man he seeks: the greatest art forger the world has ever known.

Stylish, sophisticated, and ingeniously plotted, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a wildly entertaining journey through the dark side of the art world—a place where unscrupulous dealers routinely deceive their customers and deep-pocketed investors treat great paintings as though they were just another asset class to be bought and sold at a profit. From its elegant opening to the shocking twists of its climax, the novel is a tour de force of storytelling and one of the finest pieces of heist fiction ever written. And it is still more proof that, when it comes to international intrigue and suspense, Daniel Silva has no equal.

©2022 Daniel Silva (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another great book

Another great Gabriel Allon book, so well researched and written a joy to read. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Bravo…

Just like a bottle of Corsican rose that you are allowed to have once a year, this book is another Daniel Silva masterpiece It is extremely well narrated in the series gets better and better

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  • 09-01-22

Not his usual fair

I enjoyed this book but not as much as his previous books. It seemed a bit long and so many characters that it was hard to keep track of them all. The ending was also a bit of an anti-climax. But I will keep reading his books in the hope that the excitement returns.

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  • 08-11-22

Very very disappointing

I was completely bored by this title and could only listen for about an hour. Overwritten and tedious.

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  • 08-11-22

A shame this just didn’t gel

I really wanted to love this but in the end I couldn’t. I just couldn’t.