House of Spies By Daniel Silva Harper, 526 pages, $24.99
Typically, the plot in each Daniel Silva novel tiptoes through contemporary history in world politics, terrorism and other high crimes. Then he pauses for a deep breath before leaping full force into a speculative and spectacular piece of the imagined future.
In the excellent “House of Spies,” London, Paris and Brussels have already taken the terrorist hits we’re familiar with. But now, in the fictional world, Washington has also been hit with a bomb.
This is the work of an ISIS mastermind named Saladin who is laying the groundwork for a more devastating attack.
The CIA, M15 and other agencies get on the case, but as in so many earlier crises, it’s the ever cool Gabriel Allon, now head of the Israeli intelligence service, who maps out the path that will lead to Saladin.