After reading The Defector, I didn't think Silva could get any better, but I think he did just that with The Rembrandt Affair. It's so smooth! He keeps things popping and exciting, and shares a wealth of research. I envy all the globetrotting he did to prepare himself to write this story. It's been a while since I read a thriller that got my heart racing so hard that I was afraid to continue and see what would happen next. This book did that to me several times. Gabriel Allon is getting a little gray and wrinkly. Still, I can't wait to read about his next assignment.