Moscow Rules Debuts at #1 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction List and #1 on The Wall Street Journal Fiction List

New York, New York, August 1, 2008 ... Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times-bestselling author, is topping national bestseller lists with his new novel, Moscow Rules, after just one week of sales. Moscow Rules, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons on July 22nd, debuts at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction list for the week of August 10th; #1 on The Wall Street Journal fiction list on August 1st, and #1 on the Publishers Weekly fiction bestseller list for the week of August 4th. In addition, Silva's novel, The Secret Servant, published in paperback by Signet, has been on The New York Times mass market paperback list for the past five weeks, reaching as high as #6.

Moscow Rules is the eighth novel in Silva's critically acclaimed and enormously popular Gabriel Allon series of books. Daniel Silva has written a total of eleven novels that have all been New York Times and international bestsellers, since he began writing in 1997. His fourth novel, The Kill Artist, marked the start of the series featuring a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon. Over the past six years, Putnam has orchestrated Silva's ascent up bestseller lists, with each novel more successful than the last: The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger and The Secret Servant. Moscow Rules is the first of his novels to debut at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Utilizing real-world scenarios as a backdrop, Silva is known for incorporating serious research into the plotting of his stories and tackling powerful issues: looted art and Switzerland's behavior during World War II; the war on terror and America's "extraordinary rendition" program; the morality of torture; the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, and the flow of money from the upper echelon of Saudi society to terrorist organizations; Egypt's role as the heartland of Islamic extremism; and terrorist recruiting among the barely integrated Muslim communities of Western Europe.

In his #1 bestselling Moscow Rules, he delves into a series of interrelated issues that are particularly timely: Russia's desperate determination to regain its superpower status, its lurch toward fascism over the past decade, and the shadowy world of Russian arms dealers who sell to terrorist organizations and countries considered the outlaws of the international system while operating under an umbrella of protection provided by the state's security services.


Daniel Silva is the author of The New York Times bestselling novels The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, and Moscow Rules. His books have been internationally acclaimed, and translated into more than 25 languages. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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