4.4.13

THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, by Daniel Silva

13/series. Gabriel Allon and his wife Chiara are in seclusion in Cornwall when an old friend asks Gabriel to help him find a priceless Rembrandt, recently stolen from a restorer’s studio. Reluctantly agreeing, Allon sets in motion a multi-generational trek into the Nazi past of Europe, and the horrifying cooperation the Nazis easily found, not only in individual citizens, but in industries such as Swiss banking and the Vatican. Allon’s team eventually zeroes in on a most unexpected, and possibly invulnerable, kingpin. For edge-of-your-seat reading, this is a good (if at times a completely depressing view of how easily human can abandon their humanity) choice. A 5.