The Confessor by Daniel Silva
Beyond brilliant, tightly weaved international intrigue and thriller. When Silva took the toward-the-end events on a wild ride I was delightfully surprised. This stroke of genius, mesmerizing fiction of Vatican politics, intrigue that crosses cultural, spiritual, and racial boundaries, murder mayhem, and World War II history is just superb.
Gabriel Allon returns in this stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds. In Munich, writer Benjamin Stern enters his flat to find a man leafing through his research. When Stern confronts him, the man shoots him, murmurs a few words in Latin, gathers the papers and leaves. In Venice, art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon reads a message saying that Stern is dead; can he leave immediately? At the Vatican, a priest named Pietro paces in the garden, pondering the discoveries he has made, the enemies he will make, and the journey he must undertake. Three threads woven into a multi-layered mystery peopled with memorable characters and distinguished by rich prose.
This is the third Gabriel Allon novel by Daniel Silva I've read and each hearty novel craving for more. Thankfully, there are 12 novels left within the series already completed.