A Death in Vienna

A Death in Vienna

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Penguin Putnam
The sins of the past reverberate into the present, in an extraordinary novel by the new master of international suspense.

It was an ordinary-looking photograph. Just the portrait of a man. But the very sight of it chilled Allon to the bone.

Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?

Fueled by an intensity he has not felt in years, Allon cautiously begins to investigate; but with each layer that is stripped away, the greater the evil that is revealed, a web stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives. Soon, the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring...

Rich with sharply etched characters and prose, and a plot of astonishing intricacy, this is an uncommonly intelligent thriller by one of our very best writers.

Baker & Taylor
Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, art restorer and occasional spy Gabriel Allon sets out to uncover the truth about a photograph of an unnamed man who had brutalized his mother during the final days of World War II.

Blackwell North Amer
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing that killed an old friend, but while there he encounters something that turns his world upside down. It is a face - a face that feels hauntingly familiar, a face that chills him to the bone and sends him on an urgent hunt for more: a name, a history, a connection.
Each fact he uncovers, however, only leads to more questions; each layer he strips away reveals more layers beneath. Finally, a picture begins to emerge, but one more terrible than he could have imagined, a portrait of evil stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives and into his own personal nightmares. Soon the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring.

Baker
& Taylor

Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, art restorer and occasional spy Gabriel Allon sets out to uncover the truth about a photograph of an unnamed man who had brutalized his mother during the final days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz, a quest that could unravel an evil with profound repercussions in the present. 175,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2004
ISBN: 9780399151439
0399151435
Branch Call Number: FIC Silva, D 100.4 2004
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm

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May 03, 2017

Serious suspenseful spy thriller capturing the patience and ingenuity needed to capture a war criminal.

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Bookworm1562
Aug 24, 2016

I liked it. Silva uses Allon and his story to discuss how Nazi's criminals were helped by many - including the Catholic Church and the governments of Argentina, Europe and the US -to escape justice after the war. It's sad but true.

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rahmmie
Apr 10, 2011

Not as good as some of Silva's previous books but still well written and a good read

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