House of Spies By Daniel Silva Harper, 526 pages, $24.99

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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.

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