Daniel Silva Talks About The Defector
Novelist Daniel Silva's coming to Houston on Sunday to read from his latest thriller, The Defector. Fast-paced and intense, the book follows former Israeli operative Gabriel Allon, a frequent Silva character, as he searches for a Russian defector who's gone missing. Silva spoke to Hair Balls about the thriller and his career.
Hair Balls: You've written several books with Gabriel Allon as the central character. How is he different in The Defector than he was in his first outing?
Daniel Silva: Oh, he's tremendously different. He was a real recluse when I first created him. Now, he's much more fully formed. He's also got more of a sense of humor. It's a dark sense of humor, but he's a funny guy. The funny thing is that he was never meant to be a continuing character. I had to be talked into it.
How are you different as a writer?
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I hope I'm better. (Laughs) When it comes to Gabriel, he's like a piece of music that I've been playing for years now. I get a little better at playing him every time I write him. But there's also something magical that happens when you're writing a continuing character. I know that if I set up the story properly, when I get to the half way point I can basically just step out of the way and let Gabriel finish it for me.
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