Somehow - perhaps because of a myopic focus on crime fiction - I have somehow missed that Daniel Silva has published 10 best-selling espionage novel that have drawn critical acclaim.
Happily someone was there to point out this oversight and I have been introduced to Silva by FSB Associates, the online publicists responsible for last year's highly innovative Online Book Fair. They have sent me the first chapter of Silva's new book, Moscow Rules, featuring art restorer and "sometime" Israeli intelligence officer, Gabriel Allon, which is being published next month by Putnam in the US and Michael Joseph in the UK.
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
The invasion began, as it always did, in the last days of December. They came by armored caravan up the winding road from the floor of the Rhône Valley or descended onto the treacherous mountaintop airstrip by helicopter and private plane. Billionaires and bankers, oil tycoons and metal magnates, supermodels and spoiled children: the moneyed elite of a Russia resurgent. They streamed into the suites of the Cheval Blanc and the Byblos and commandeered the big private chalets along the rue de Bellecôte. They booked Les Caves nightclub for private all-night parties and looted the glittering shops of the Croissette. They snatched up all the best ski instructors and emptied the wineshops of their best champagne and cognac. By the morning of the twenty-eighth there was not a hair appointment to be had anywhere in town, and Le Chalet de Pierres, the famous slope-side restaurant renowned for its fire-roasted beef, had stopped taking reservations for dinner until mid-January. By New Year's Eve, the conquest was complete. Courchevel, the exclusive ski resort high in the French Alps, was once more a village under Russian occupation.
For the rest of chapter one, please click here.