Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Other Woman

The Other Woman by Daniel Silva  476 pp.

This is the 18th book in the Gabriel Allon series and no, Gabriel is not having an affair although the title might suggest that. Silva has looked to the past to create a story of Russian double agents within Britain's MI6 intelligence organization. In 1963, Kim Philby defected to the U.S.S.R. after being one of a handful of Soviet spies working within British Intelligence. Fast forward to the current day and Philby's legacy is in line to become the next head of MI6. After a disastrous defection attempt by a Russian agent brings Israeli Intelligence under fire, Allon, now the head of Mossad, becomes directly involved in the investigation which just might destroy his career and that of Graham Seymour, head of MI6. I am a big fan of the Allon series but this is not my favorite. I can't say exactly what the problem is with this one, but it seems as if something was missing. However, one brief sentence points to the possibility of this enemy reentering Allon's life. And once again I will wait another year for the next installment.

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