No one is what he or she seems to be in New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s new novel The English Girl. Echoing real-life headlines, a married politician’s career is threatened when his aide and mistress goes missing. Desperate to keep the situation quiet, the politician calls on former Israeli agent Gabriel Allon to find her. As he investigates, Allon enlists the help of a mafia chief, a spy-turned-mercenary everyone thinks is dead and several Israeli operatives. But the truth’s not only elusive; it might not be what the politician’s really after. Filled with action scenes and plot twists as Allon chases down leads, The English Girl keeps readers in suspense from the first page to the last. As engaging a speaker as he is a writer, Silva is expected to offer a lively — and crowded — reading-and-signing session. Plan accordingly.
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2 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Sun., July 21, 2 p.m., 2013