From New York Times bestselling author Iain Pears...
Flavia di Stefano of Rome's Art Theft Squad and art historian Jonathan Argyll have charmed mystery readers around the world. Their latest case is baffling to the extreme, when clues from a Titian researcher's death by mugging point to murder--and a criminal conspiracy...
"[An] elegant mystery...but the real work of art here is the plot, a piece of structural engineering any artist would envy."--New York Times
"Light and sassy...Agatha would have loved it." --Los Angeles Times
* Iain Pears is the author of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost
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Iain Pears was born in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian, and a television consultant in England, France, Italy, and the United States. He is the author of seven highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects, as well as the international bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost He lives in Oxford, England.From Kirkus Reviews:
Flavia di Stefano, junior investigator for the Polizia Art Squad of Rome, has been sent to Venice to assist (actually, to inoffensively not assist) the local carabinieri looking into the murder of American art historian Louise Masterson; Jonathan Argyll, the gawky British dealer's representative Flavia arrested in The Raphael Affair (1992), has come to Venice to negotiate for a mediocre painting with the Marchesa di Mulino, who suddenly turns skittish. The two cases cross with the news that Masterson's committee to authenticate all known works of Titian had run aground on serious disagreements (how serious? Two more committee members will soon be found dead) and that Masterson herself had developed a mysterious interest in the canvas Jonathan was trying to buy--part of the inheritance of the Marchesa's nephew Dr. Lorenzo, another member of the ill-starred Titian committee. As before, literate and cultivated, with a 20's (1520's) cast, and a particularly clever historical analogy saved for dessert. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Gollancz, London, 1991. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. 1st Edition. Fair, Ex-Library, usual markings, FFEP & half-title page removed, shelfwear, spine lean, tape ghosts, light browning/VG, Mild edgewear & creasing, 4 tape ghosts to interior & spine ends tape reinforced (with showthrough). Crime novel, featuring Flavia di Stefano & Jonathan Argyll. Expanded condition report/scan on request. Bookseller Inventory # 017657
Book Description Victor Gollancz, London, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition; First Printing. The second Jonathan Argyll art mystery. Text block is tight with no loose or dog-eared pages, although the book open to the title page a mite too readily. Dust jacket shows no wear or tears. Dust jacket protected in clear mylar wrapper; bubble wrapped, boxed, and shipped with USPS Tracking (USA only). Bookseller Inventory # 001518
Book Description Victor Gollancz, London, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of the second novel in the Jonathan Argyll series. Light edge wear. In near fine / near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 21835
Book Description Gollancz,, London:, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Mint copy in mint dustwrapper. First edition. Very fine copy in very fine dustwrapper, author's second book. Bookseller Inventory # 13208
Book Description 1991. hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. FIRST EDITION. 1991 Gollancz hardcover first edition. Light reading wear otherwise a nice copy; very good condition in very good dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 9K-SNTN-C5I1
Book Description Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st UK Edition/1st True Printing (1991). SIGNED by author on a bookplate on front end page (signature only). Small stain on lower fore-edge. Price present (in UK pounds) on lower DJ flap. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 019399
Book Description Gollancz., London, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A fine copy of the first edition in fine, unclipped jacket. SIGNED by IAIN PEARS on the title page. SCARCE. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001448
Book Description Gollancz, London, 1991. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Fine in Fine, Flawless, Signed in archival protection. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 005137