With regard to the list of novels I mentioned the other day: I quickly read The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad which is short and interesting but thin gruel compared to Heart of Darkness.
So it was back to the list. At the nudging of Steve Layman of A Layman's Blog, I started The Black Widow by Daniel Silva.
Long-time readers of this blog know I'm a major Silva fan. Although I recommend reading his Gabriel Allon series from the beginning, if you don't mind jumping into it at a later stage, The Black Widow is a good introduction. My guess, however, is that it will spark a desire to read the entire series.