Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?

Fueled by an intensity he has not felt in years, Allon cautiously begins to investigate, but the more layers he strips away, the greater the evil that is revealed, a web stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives. Soon, the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring . . .

Filled with sharply etched characters and prose, and a plot of astonishing intricacy, this is an uncommonly intelligent thriller by one of our very best writers.
“Not one for cookie-cutter cheap thrills, Silva’s mastered the art of weaving provocative narrative, espionage and foreign intrigue."—Chicago Sun-Times

"A masterful and compelling tale of evil, treachery and revenge...goes to the top of the list of this year's best."—Rocky Mountain News

"A masterfully constructed tale of memory and revenge. It demonstrates that thrillers can be more than entertainment."—The Miami Herald

"[A] superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue."—Publishers Weekly

"A thriller that’s not content to be just a thriller, as it delves into issues involving the Holocaust and its perpetrators and survivors."—The Kansas City Star

"[A] world-class practitioner of spy fiction… Silva writes with style, economy and a sure command of the historical record…a skillful novelist who does justice to the often heartbreaking material without exploiting it."—The Washington Post Book World

"Reads like an exquisitely suspenseful chess game."—Booklist