Daniel Silva The Defector

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The Defector

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ALSO BY DANIEL SILVA

Moscow Rules
The Secret Servant
The Messenger
Prince of Fire
A Death in Vienna
The Confessor
The English Assassin
The Kill Artist
The Marching Season
The Mark of the Assassin
The Unlikely Spy

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Silva, Daniel, date.
The defector / Daniel Silva.
p. cm.

ISBN: 9781101105023



This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

While the author has made every effort to provide accurate telephone numbers and Internet addresses at the time of publication, neither the publisher nor the author assumes any responsibility for errors, or for changes that occur after publication. Further, the publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

 

PART ONE - Opening Moves

Chapter 1 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 2 - LONDON: JANUARY

Chapter 3 - UMBRIA , ITALY

Chapter 4 - AMELIA , UMBRIA

Chapter 5 - AMELIA , UMBRIA

Chapter 6 - AMELIA , UMBRIA

Chapter 7 - VILLA DEI FIORI, UMBRIA

Chapter 8 - VILLA DEI FIORI, UMBRIA

Chapter 9 - VILLA DEI FIORI • LONDON

Chapter 10 - MAIDA VALE, LONDON

Chapter 11 - MAIDA VALE, LONDON

Chapter 12 - MAIDA VALE, LONDON

Chapter 13 - MAIDA VALE, LONDON

Chapter 14 - WEST LONDON

Chapter 15 - WESTMINSTER, LONDON

Chapter 16 - OXFORD

Chapter 17 - OXFORD

Chapter 18 - OXFORD

Chapter 19 - OXFORD

 

PART TWO - Anatoly

Chapter 20 - THE MARAIS, PARIS

Chapter 21 - MONTMARTRE, PARIS

Chapter 22 - MONTMARTRE, PARIS

Chapter 23 - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Chapter 24 - BELLAGIO, ITALY

Chapter 25 - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Chapter 26 - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Chapter 27 - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Chapter 28 - LAKE COMO, ITALY

Chapter 29 - LAKE COMO • LONDON

Chapter 30 - CIA HEADQUARTERS, VIRGINIA

Chapter 31 - GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Chapter 32 - UPSTATE NEW YORK

Chapter 33 - UPSTATE NEW YORK

Chapter 34 - UPSTATE NEW YORK

 

PART THREE - All Even

Chapter 35 - TIBERIAS, ISRAEL

Chapter 36 - BEN-GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL

Chapter 37 - KING SAUL BOULEVARD, TEL AVIV

Chapter 38

Chapter 39 - KING SAUL BOULEVARD, TEL AVIV

Chapter 40 - CHELSEA , LONDON

Chapter 41 - CHELSEA , LONDON

Chapter 42 - CHELSEA , LONDON

Chapter 43 - KING SAUL BOULEVARD, TEL AVIV

Chapter 44 - HOTEL BRISTOL, GENEVA

Chapter 45 - HAUTE-SAVOIE, FRANCE

Chapter 46 - HAUTE-SAVOIE, FRANCE

Chapter 47 - HAUTE-SAVOIE, FRANCE

Chapter 48 - HAUTE-SAVOIE, FRANCE

Chapter 49

Chapter 50 - ZURICH

Chapter 51 - ZURICH

Chapter 52 - ZURICH

Chapter 53 - BARGEN, SWITZERLAND

 

PART FOUR - Resurrection Gate

Chapter 54 - NORTHERN GERMANY

Chapter 55 - MAYFAIR, LONDON

Chapter 56 - PARIS

Chapter 57 - SHANNON AIRPORT, IRELAND

Chapter 58 - MOSCOW

Chapter 59 - GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON

Chapter 60 - HOTEL METROPOL, MOSCOW

Chapter 61 - KONAKOVO, RUSSIA

Chapter 62 - GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON

Chapter 63 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 64 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 65 - GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON

Chapter 66 - GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON

Chapter 67 - LUBYANKA SQUARE, MOSCOW

Chapter 68 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 69 - GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON

Chapter 70 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 71 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

Chapter 72 - VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

 

PART FIVE - The Reckoning

Chapter 73 - JERUSALEM

Chapter 74 - JERUSALEM

Chapter 75 - TIBERIAS, ISRAEL

Chapter 76 - JERUSALEM

Chapter 77 - SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE

Acknowledgements

For Marilyn Ducksworth,
for many years of friendship,
support, and laughter.



And as always, for my wife, Jamie,
and my children, Nicholas and Lily.

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe
that his vengeance need not be feared.


MACHIAVELLI

PART ONE

Opening Moves

1

VLADIMIRSKAYA OBLAST, RUSSIA

PYOTR LUZHKOV was about to be killed, and for that he was grateful.

It was late October, but autumn was already a memory. It had been brief and unsightly, an old babushka hurriedly removing a threadbare frock. Now this: leaden skies, arctic cold, windblown snow. The opening shot of Russia’s winter without end.

Pyotr Luzhkov, shirtless, barefoot, hands bound behind his back, was scarcely aware of the cold. In fact, at that moment he would have been hard-pressed to recall his name. He believed he was being led by two men through a birch forest but could not be certain. It made sense they were in a forest. That was the place Russians liked to do their blood work. Kurapaty, Bykivnia, Katyn, Butovo . . . Always in the forests. Luzhkov was about to join a great Russian tradition. Luzhkov was about to be granted a death in the trees.

There was another Russian custom when it came to killing: the intentional infliction of pain. Pyotr Luzhkov had been forced to scale mountains of pain. They had broken his fingers and his thumbs. They had broken his arms and his ribs. They had broken his nose and his jaw. They had beaten him even when he was unconscious. They had beaten him because they had been told to. They had beaten him because they were Russians. The only time they had stopped was when they were drinking vodka. When the vodka was gone, they had beaten him even harder.

Now he was on the final leg of his journey, the long walk to a grave with no marker. Russians had a term for it: vyshaya mera, the highest form of punishment. Usually, it was reserved for traitors, but Pyotr Luzhkov had betrayed no one. He had been duped by his master’s wife, and his master had lost everything because of it. Someone had to pay. Eventually, everyone would pay.

He could see his master now, standing alone amid the match-stick trunks of the birch trees. Black leather coat, silver hair, head like a tank turret. He was looking down at the large-caliber pistol in his hand. Luzhkov had to give him credit. There weren’t many oligarchs who had the stomach to do their own killing. But then there weren’t many oligarchs like him.

The grave had already been dug. Luzhkov’s master was inspecting it carefully, as if calculating whether it was big enough to hold a body. As Luzhkov was forced to kneel, he could smell the distinctive cologne. Sandalwood and smoke. The smell of power. The smell of the devil.

The devil gave him one more blow to the side of his face. Luzhkov didn’t feel it. Then the devil placed the gun to the back of Luzhkov’s head and bade him a pleasant evening. Luzhkov saw a pink flash of his own blood. Then darkness. He was finally dead. And for that he was grateful.

2

LONDON: JANUARY

THE MURDER of Pyotr Luzhkov went largely unnoticed. No one mourned him; no women wore black for him. No Russian police officers investigated his death, and no Russian newspapers bothered to report it. Not in Moscow. Not in St. Petersburg. And surely not in the Russian city sometimes referred to as London. Had word of Luzhkov’s demise reached Bristol Mews, home of Colonel Grigori Bulganov, the Russian defector and dissident, he would not have been surprised, though he would have felt a pang of guilt. If Grigori hadn’t locked poor Pyotr in Ivan Kharkov’s personal safe, the bodyguard might still be alive.

Among the lords of Thames House and Vauxhall Cross, the riverfront headquarters of MI5 and MI6, Grigori Bulganov had always been a source of much fascination and considerable debate. Opinion was diverse, but then it usually was when the two services were forced to take positions on the same issue. He was a gift from the gods, sang his backers. He was a mixed bag at best, muttered his detractors. One wit from the top floor of Thames House famously described him as the defector Downing Street needed like a leaky roof—as if London, now home to more than a quarter million Russian citizens, had a spare room for another malcontent bent on making trouble for the Kremlin. The MI5 man had gone on the record with his prophecy that one day they would all regret the decision to grant Grigori Bulganov asylum and a British passport. But even he was surprised by the speed with which that day came.

A former colonel in the counterintelligence division of the Russian Federal Security Service, better known as the FSB, Grigori Bulganov had washed ashore late the previous summer, the unexpected by-product of a multinational intelligence operation against one Ivan Kharkov, Russian oligarch and international arms dealer. Only a handful of British officials were told the true extent of Grigori’s involvement in the case. Fewer still knew that, if not for his actions, an entire team of Israeli operatives might have been killed on Russian soil. Like the KGB defectors who came before him, Grigori vanished for a time into a world of safe houses and isolated country estates. A joint Anglo-American team hammered at him day and night, first on the structure of Ivan’s arms-trafficking network, for which Grigori had shamefully worked as a paid agent, then on the tradecraft of his former service. The British interrogators found him charming; the Americans less so. They insisted on fluttering him, which in Agency speak meant subjecting him to a lie-detector test. He passed with flying colors.

When the debriefers had had their fill, and it came time to decide just what to do with him, the bloodhounds of internal security conducted highly secret reviews and issued their recommendations, also in secret. In the end, it was deemed that Grigori, though reviled by his former comrades, faced no serious threat. Even the once-feared Ivan Kharkov, who was licking his wounds in Russia, was deemed incapable of concerted action. The defector made three requests: he wanted to keep his name, to reside in London, and to have no overt security. Hiding in plain sight, he argued, would give him the most protection from his enemies. MI5 readily agreed to his demands, especially the third. Security details required money, and the human resources could be put to better use elsewhere, namely against Britain’s homegrown jihadist extremists. They bought him a lovely mews cottage in a backwater of Maida Vale, arranged a generous monthly stipend, and made a onetime deposit in a City bank that would surely have caused a scandal if the amount ever became public. An MI5 lawyer quietly negotiated a book deal with a respected London publisher. The size of the advance raised eyebrows among the senior staff of both services, most of whom were working on books of their own—in secret, of course.

For a time it seemed Grigori would turn out to be the rarest of birds in the intelligence world: a case without complications. Fluent in English, he took to life in London like a freed prisoner trying to make up for lost time. He frequented the theater and toured the museums. Poetry readings, ballet, chamber music: he did them all. He settled into work on his book and once a week lunched with his editor, who happened to be a porcelain-skinned beauty of thirty-two. The only thing missing in his life was chess. His MI5 minder suggested he join the Central London Chess Club, a venerable institution founded by a group of civil servants during the First World War. His application form was a master-piece of ambiguity. It supplied no address, no home telephone, no mobile, and no e-mail. His occupation was described as “translation services,” his employer as “self.” Asked to list any hobbies or outside interests, he had written “chess.”

But no high-profile case is ever entirely free of controversy—and the old hands warned they had never met a defector, especially a Russian defector, who didn’t lose a wheel from time to time. Grigori’s came off the day the British prime minister announced a major terrorist plot had been disrupted. It seemed al-Qaeda had planned to simultaneously shoot down several jet-liners using Russian-made antiaircraft missiles—missiles they had acquired from Grigori’s former patron, Ivan Kharkov. Within twenty-four hours, Grigori was seated before the cameras of the BBC, claiming he had played a major role in the affair. In the days and weeks that followed, he would remain a fixture on television, in Britain and elsewhere. His celebrity status now cemented, he began to move in Russian émigré circles and cavort with Russian dissidents of every stripe. Seduced by the sudden attention, he used his newfound fame as a platform to make wild accusations against his old service and against the Russian president, whom he characterized as a Hitler in the making. When the Kremlin responded with uncomfortable noises about Russians plotting a coup on British soil, Grigori’s minder suggested he tone things down. So, too, did his editor, who wanted to save something for the book.

Grudgingly, the defector lo...

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Gabriel Allon took down the world's most dangerous man.He made just one mistake. Leaving him alive . . .Spy turned art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Umbria, when shocking news arrives from London. A Russian defector who saved his life has vanished without a trace. British Intelligence suspect he was a double agent, but Allon knows better. Soon he finds himself in a deadly duel of wits with a murderous Russian arms dealer as he bargains for his friend's life. Criss-crossing Europe at breakneck pace and culminating in a heart-stopping climax in the freezing birch forests of Russia, The Defector is a searing and bloody tale of courage and vengeance . . .

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