Not strictly a crime novel, more of a spy thriller, this story is riveting and moves at a fast pace. At the same time it sheds light on some of the complex political and historical details of the Palestinian question. The hero, Allon, is sympathetic in many ways whilst also capable of committing horrendous acts in the name of freedom. He is, however, aware of what he has become. At a time when an ex KGB man is murdered in London, this story has a frightening ring of truth.
Many reviewers have compared Daniel Silva to Graham Greene and John Le Carre. In this book Silva's detailed evocation of atmosphere and fast moving, intelligently written plot justify the claim. This was a good read and highly thought provoking.