The James Bond of Mossad — soon to become the agency’s M — is back. Bestselling author Daniel Silva’s beloved art restorer, Israeli assassin and spy Gabriel Allon, returns in The Heist, his 14th caper in the spy thriller series.“I think Gabriel Allon’s essential appeal lies in the two very different sides of his character,” Silva said in press materials. “He’s not just a brilliant operative and assassin for the Israeli secret intelligence service; he’s one of the world’s finest art restorers as well. That combination of attributes allows me to craft my stories in a way that makes them very different from most spy novels.”Allon, who was restoring a Caravaggio when he was called to duty in 2012’s The Fallen Angel, sets out to recover Caravaggio’s long-missing Nativity With St. Francis and St. Lawrence, which was stolen in 1969. Allon gets involved to save his art dealer friend, a suspect in the murder of a disgraced British spy who was selling stolen masterpieces, but the stakes quickly escalate once he sees an opportunity to take down one of the world’s most notorious dictators.Naturally, Allon comes up with an ingenious plot, one that involves the theft and forgery of a famous van Gogh and brings back one of the series’ memorable characters, commander-turned-assassin Christopher Keller. — Celeste Williams
by Daniel Silva
Audiobook: HarperAudio, $39.99; read by actor George Guidall, who’s been the voice of Gabriel Allon three times.