This is one of those authors I wish would write faster. I recently discovered Daniel Silva’s thrillers about Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy/assassin and restorer of great masters. I’m a little late to the party–Silva has made the bestseller lists for years now–but I’ve made up for lost time and binged. Read–or mostly, listened to–all 14 books in the series (so far.) Now I’m going back to read one of Silva’s earlier titles, The Mark of the Assassin. It’s been fun, partly because it contains a number of precursors to the Allon books, and partly because, as with Silva’s other books, the writing is good, the plotting is fast-paced and twisty, the characters are interesting, and the issues and events in the book seem so dreadfully plausible. There’s plenty of action, but I think The Mark of the Assassin contains a little less gadgetry and hardware and a little more thinking than many spy thrillers. Silva, Daniel. The mark of the assassin. New York: Villard, 1998.