The Unlikely Spy (Paperback)

Author: Silva, Daniel

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In 1943 London, Professor Alfred Vicary, a mild-mannered academic-turned-spycatcher, plays a cat-and-mouse game with beautiful Catherine Blake, an undercover German spy and trained assassin trying to ferret out the secret of the D-Day invasion. Reprint. *Author: Silva, Daniel *Publication Date: 2003/05/01 *Number of Pages: 736 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.50


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780451209306
SKU 31114023
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0451209303
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva is one of the most popular spy novelists writing today, and he is often compared to such masters of the genre as Robert Ludlum and John Le Carre. Born in Michigan, Silva moved with his family to California at an early age. He was in the process of earning a master's degree in international relations when he was offered a temporary job at United Press International (UPI) in 1984. He abandoned school entirely after being offered full-time work. His UPI assignments took him to Cairo and the Persian Gulf, among other places, but despite the excitement of being a globe-trotting journalist, he longed to write a novel. Silva eventually settled in Washington, D.C., and joined CNN as a talk-show producer. With his wife's encouragement, he began working on a manuscript in his spare time. His debut novel, THE UNLIKELY SPY, set against the backdrop of World War II, was published in 1997 to great acclaim. Silva introduced his most popular protagonist, Gabriel Allon, in his fourth novel, THE KILL ARTIST (2000). Allon is a former Israeli secret agent who works as an art restorer, and on occasion, the government calls upon him to undertake a mission. Silva, who was raised a staunch Catholic, converted to Judaism as an adult and feels a deep kinship to the State of Israel. Reportedly, among his most ardent fans are members of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency. One critic wrote that thanks to the author's contacts in that community, "Silva's [Allon] novels have the virtue of being prescient: Several key developments in the realms of diplomacy and espionage have been presaged, if not outright predicted, in Silva's work."
"Silva manages to endow all the secondary characters with memorable style. His writing is clear and evocative, and the world at war comes vividly alive in the pages of 'The Unlikely Spy.' Silva is also adept at devising all the layers of intrigue that make a good spy novel work....Finding the truth behind the blankets of deception is a tricky, maddening experience. Silva understands this and creates a richly murky atmosphere that serves his tale well."
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Editors Note "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agent imaginable-a history professor named Alfred Vicary, handpicked by Churchill himself to expose a highly dangerous, but unknown, traitor. The Nazis, however, have also chosen an unlikely agent: Catherine Blake, a beautiful widow of a war hero, a hospital volunteer-and a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler to uncover the Allied plans for D-Day...
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Number of Pages 0752
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