4 1/2 star read. Daniel Silva is by far one of the very best spy/thriller writers around these days. His Gabriel Allon series books are never formulaic and all are interesting reads. This time, Allon is in Venice restoring a painting for a church when he gets a call about his friend, art dealer Julian Isherwood. Seems Julian has stumbled on a murder scene and is now Suspect #1 by the Italian police. But when Gabriel begins to investigate, he realizes that there is more to this murder than meets the eye. The murdered man was a forger and evidence at the scene leads Gabriel to the conclusion that he was also dealing in stolen artwork. Further investigation leads Gabriel and his team to the person behind a lot of the art thefts and a dangerous man involved in keeping the secrets. A very twisty read and very much up to the high standards set by Silva.