Daniel Silva (novelist)

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Daniel Silva
Silva at New York book signing, July 16, 2013
Occupation Novelist, Journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Genre Spy fiction
Notable awards Barry Award
Years active 1996 — present
Spouse Jamie Gangel
Children Nicholas, Lily

Daniel Silva (born 1960) is a best-selling American author of 17 thriller and espionage novels.

Early life[edit]

Silva was born in Michigan and raised in California. He was raised Catholic and converted to Judaism as an adult.[1]



Silva began his writing career as a journalist with a temporary job at United Press International in 1984.[1] His assignment was to cover the Democratic National Convention. His position was made permanent and, a year later, Silva was transferred to the Washington, D.C., headquarters. After two more years, he was appointed as UPI's Middle East correspondent and moved to Cairo, Egypt.

Silva returned to Washington, D.C., for a job with CNN's Washington Bureau. He worked as a producer and executive producer for several of the network's television programs, including Crossfire and Capitol Gang.


In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy (1996). When published, the novel became a New York Times best-seller, and in 1997 Silva left CNN to pursue writing full-time.

Since then Silva has written 16 spy novels, all best-sellers on the New York Times list. The main focus is Gabriel Allon, an Israeli art restorer, spy and assassin, who is a key figure in all but three of Silva's titles. The series has been a New York Times bestseller since its first installment in 2001.[2][3] Three of the series' recent titles, (Moscow Rules (2008), The Defector (2009), and Portrait of a Spy (2011)) topped the New York Times' list. The Fallen Angel was published in July 2012. His newest novel, The English Girl was published in July 2013. Some of his novels are set against Islamic terrorism, some relate to villains set in Russia, and some are about historic events related to World War II and the Holocaust. Silva did not come into the Allon series with a significant understanding of the world of art restoration but was able to use a neighbor's expertise to help him turn a spy-assassin into an artist.[1]

In 2007, Universal Pictures optioned the rights to Silva's Gabriel Allon series and it was believed they'd begin with 2005's, The Messenger. In 2011, it was announced that Jeff Zucker would be the producer.[4] As of July 2014, no movie has been made.

Personal life[edit]

He lives with his wife, the NBC Today show's national correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their children, Nicholas and Lily. Silva and Gangel met while they were both correspondents in the Middle East. He frequently takes his children on research trips for his books.[1]


  • 2007 Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger, 2013 Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Fallen Angel.[5]
  • In January 2009, Silva was appointed to a five-year term on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's United States Holocaust Memorial Council.[6]
Daniel Silva at New York book signing.


  1. The Unlikely Spy (1996). ISBN 0679455620

Michael Osbourne series[edit]

  1. The Mark of the Assassin (1998). ISBN 0679455639
  2. The Marching Season (1999). ISBN 0375500898

Gabriel Allon series[edit]

  1. The Kill Artist (2000). ISBN 0375500901
  2. The English Assassin (2002). ISBN 0399148515
  3. The Confessor (2003). ISBN 0399149724
  4. A Death in Vienna (2004). ISBN 0399151435
    Nominated for 2005 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  5. Prince of Fire (2005). ISBN 0399152431
  6. The Messenger (2006). ISBN 978-0399153358
    Winner of 2007 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  7. The Secret Servant (2007). ISBN 978-0399154225
  8. Moscow Rules (2008). ISBN 978-0399155017
  9. The Defector (2009). ISBN 978-0399155680
  10. The Rembrandt Affair (2010). ISBN 978-0399156588
    Nominated for 2011 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  11. Portrait of a Spy (2011). ISBN 978-0062072184
  12. The Fallen Angel (2012). ISBN 978-0062073129
    Winner of 2013 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  13. The English Girl (2013). ISBN 978-0062073167
  14. The Heist (2014). ISBN 978-0062320056
  15. The English Spy (2015). ISBN 978-0062320056


  1. ^ a b c d "Moscow Rules spy novelist Daniel Silva". Hugh Hewitt. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "BEST SELLERS: January 28, 2001". New York Times. 2002-01-28. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  3. ^ "BEST SELLERS: April 7, 2002". New York Times. 2002-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2011-04-01). "Jeff Zucker to Produce Movie Based on Daniel Silva's Spy Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Silva". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

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