Biography

Daniel Silva

He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva.

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, THE UNLIKELY SPY, a novel of love and deception set around 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 bestsellers 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, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel’s adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva’s next 12 novels, each one more successful than the last: THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN, THE CONFESSOR, A DEATH IN VIENNA, PRINCE OF FIRE, THE MESSENGER, THE SECRET SERVANT, MOSCOW RULES, THE DEFECTOR, THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, PORTRAIT OF A SPY, THE FALLEN ANGEL and THE ENGLISH GIRL.

Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master’s degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became Executive Producer of its talk show unit including shows like "Crossfire," "Capital Gang" and "Reliable Sources."

In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become the instant bestseller THE UNLIKELY SPY. He left CNN in 1997 after the book’s successful publication and began writing full time. Since then all of Silva's books have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His books have been translated in to more than 25 languages and are published around the world. Silva continues to reside in Washington with his wife and teenage twins Lily and Nicholas. When not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series such an amazing success.

Daniel Silva

Books by Daniel Silva

by Daniel Silva - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

by Daniel Silva - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister's career is threatened with destruction. Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.

by Daniel Silva - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Called on to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Rome, Gabriel Allon fights against police who have already ruled her death a suicide and the Vatican’s “don’t ask too many questions” rule to uncover the truth. But along the way, he must also penetrate a criminal smuggling network and encounter an old enemy plotting revenge that puts himself and those he holds dear on the razor’s edge of danger.

by Daniel Silva - Fiction, Thriller

A deadly pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen ruins the first day of master art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon’s vacation with his wife. Then, before a third attack, Gabriel is knocked to the pavement --- and he can only watch helplessly as the nightmare unfolds.