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A riveting plot
Reviewed in India on 5 July 2018
This was my second Daniel Silva book in the Gabriel Allon series, after Portrait of a Spy. I was so impressed by the latter that I decided I wanted to read the first book in the series, The Kill Artist, to be able to follow the characters who appear in Silva's books from the very start. The Kill Artist is a brilliant read, and it brings together history, ideology and emotion in one tightly knit plot. The author doesn't take any sides, although the novel has an Israeli intelligence officer as its protagonist. But the characters do all the hard work. Every point of view, Zionist and Palestinian, religious and sceptical, terrorist and peace maker, and even a terrorist turned peace maker, is presented so vividly, that it shapes your opinion in diverse ways. I loved the way I was almost led to begin seeing merit in every side's argument. By the end, one doesn't know who is really right, and what is it that separates right from wrong. Yet, while these philosophical musings continue at a subconscious level, the book is great reading even if all you are seeking is a thrilling plot with nerve racking tension right upto the last page!