Framing the Dialogue

The Other Woman

“Gabriel remained in the window longer than he should have, watching the shrinking taillight of the motorcycle, pursued by the blacked-out Passat.  When the two vehicles were gone, he looked down at the man lying in the street.  Snow whitened him.  He was as dead as a man could be.  He was dead, thought Gabriel, before he arrived in Vienna.  Dead before he left Moscow.”

The thing about traitors or moles is that they are often privy to the most sensitive information and you really don’t know who they are.  You most likely don’t even know that you have one.  Allon is generally mistrustful of the secret agencies of countries that he is expected to trust and share information.  When several “sources” are killed and obvious clues point to moles in other agencies, he must find that mole and the answer may damage long-time friends; friends that he trusts and needs.

“He turned away and watched the black water moving through the channel.  In the right pocket of his leather jacket was his Office BlackBerry.  It was of no use to him.  Only the gun at the small of his back could save him now.  It was a Barak .45-caliber.  A man-stopper.  but in a pinch, he thought, It would stop a woman, too.”

The Other Woman is another home run for Mr. Silva.  A page-turner from the start and surprises throughout.  I found myself deciding against sleep to finish the last 200 pages.


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