Art Thievery and Sophisticated Hoaxes
At the White Rain Book House, we're doing a new story review with you. Gabriel Allon, a former assassin and famed spy master, has long retired. After bidding farewell to friends and colleagues in Israel, he relocated to a modest nobility overlooking Venice's Grand Canal with his wife Chiara and their two young children. His intention is to return to the workshop where he learnt to restore paintings as an apprentice. However, we know that the schemes in this story will never follow the natural progression of time.
After art restorer Gabriel Allon cut ties with Israeli intelligence and settled quietly in Venice, the only place he truly knew peace, his beautiful wife, Chiara, took over day-to-day management of the Tiepolo Restoration Company, and their two young children were secretly enrolled in a neighborhood scuola elementare. Gabriel, on the other hand, spends his days traversing the city's streets and canals, burying the demons of his tragic and violent past. Of course, no one expects Gabriel to be completely off the field, and a phone call from his friend and sometimes presence, Julian Isherwood, takes him around the world tracking down art counterfeiters willing to kill to safeguard their ultimate assets.Silva, as always, provides the reader with a lot of excitement and a view into the lives of the ultra-rich.
Gabriel's work as an art restorer distinguished him from other action heroes in the early novels of this series, and his return to this realm is the most satisfying portion of this installment. But when eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood invites Gabriel to look into the circumstances behind the rediscovery and profitable sale of a century-old painting, he has no idea that he will be lured into a deadly game of cat and mouse in which nothing is as it appears. They learn that the painting in question, a portrait of an unknown woman, is almost definitely a devilishly sophisticated forgery.
Gabriel considers one of the most intricate and mind-boggling hoaxes of his career in order to track down the enigmatic man who painted it and expose a multibillion-dollar swindle at the pinnacle of the art world. If he was to be successful, the mirror image of the man he was looking for would have to be the world's greatest master of art. Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a hugely amusing voyage through the nasty underbelly of the art world. It's chic, elegant, and masterfully made.
Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a stylish, smart, and beautifully dramatized voyage into the grimy realm of the art world, which appears nice and bourgeois but is invisible from the outside. It is a location where dishonest vendors habitually deceive their consumers and wealthy investors treat famous works of art as if they were their own. This is the location. Another asset class that will be traded solely for profit. The novel is a storytelling force and one of the best works of heist fiction ever written, from its exquisite opening passage to the unexpected turns of its climax. And, when it comes to international intrigue and drama, the White Rain Book House provides additional proof that Daniel Silva is unrivaled.