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Familiar Fictions

by John J. Miller

Daniel Silva’s thrillers are not far from the headlines

In a terror strike that lasted a little more than a minute on March 22, Khalid Masood plowed a speeding car into dozens of pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four (a fifth fell into the River Thames and died later). After crashing his rented Hyundai Tucson, the Muslim convert leaped from the vehicle and fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman near Parliament Square before another officer shot him dead.

Almost exactly a week earlier, on the other side of the ocean, the American author Daniel Silva finished the first draft of House of Spies, his espionage thriller released on July 11. Its second chapter features a terrorist attack on London, bloodier and much more violent than its real-life parallel and even more closely resembling the separate lethal assault that came on June 3, on and around London Bridge.

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