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Daniel Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying best-selling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set during the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times best-sellers and starred two of Silva's most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva's fourth novel, The Kill Artist, that would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon. Although Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel's adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva's next nine novels. The Defector (2009) is the latest Gabriel Allon adventure and sequel to Moscow Rules (2008). Silva lives in Washington, D.C.

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Daniel Silva