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Publisher Comments:

From the acclaimed author of An Instance of the Fingerpost ("may well be the best 'historical mystery' ever written," said The Boston Globe) comes a luminous new Jonathan Argyll/Flavia di Stefano crime novel set against the richly evocative backdrop of Rome and Tuscany.

In his first new novel since An Instance of the Fingerpost became an international bestseller, Iain Pears transports us to Rome, where an impudent thief has stolen a politically sensitive painting on loan from a foreign museum.

Summoned to see the prime minister, Flavia di Stefano, acting head of Italy's Art Theft Squad, is told to retrieve the painting without publicity or payment of ransom. But does the prime minister mean what he says? And why was this particular painting stolen? Faced with a case sure to cause her grief, Flavia turns to her mentor, General Taddeo Bottando, who has a wholly unexpected view of the situation.

Flavia's husband of four weeks, art historian Jonathan Argyll, is busy, meanwhile, with a mission of his own. As a gift to the soon-to-retire Bottando, Jonathan will track down the provenance of a small Renaissance painting, an Immaculate Conception, now hanging on Bottando's wall. Who owned the painting over the years, and how did it come into Bottando's hands?

Flavia's search for an art thief soon becomes a hunt for a killer, while Jonathan's probe uncovers some startling secrets and an unlikely alliance as poignant as it is surprising. Absorbing, witty, ingeniously plotted, The Immaculate Deception is stylish entertainment from a justly celebrated author.

Review:

"While the author nicely portrays the Italian art world, readers looking for a scintillating mystery will have to seek elsewhere." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] wonderfully appealing cast of characters..." Booklist

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"Magnificent" Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"While this is an interesting look at the world of art collectors, the plot is a tad too complex and difficult to follow." Library Journal

Review:

"A nimble mystery...this book is really a comedy in disguise: the plot twists are finely turned, our heroes flirt harmlessly with danger, and in the end everyone gets what he may not have known he wanted all along." New Yorker

Synopsis:

From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series — an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license.

For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment — and to avoid paying a ransom — the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly.

Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting — an Immaculate Conception — owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.

Synopsis:

From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series — an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license.

For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment — and to avoid paying a ransom — the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly.

Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting — an Immaculate Conception — owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.

About the Author

Iain Pears, bestselling author of An Instance of the Fingerpost, is an art historian with a doctorate in art history from Oxford. He wrote his first Jonathan Argyll crime novel, The Raphael Affair, while his wife was teaching at Smith College in the late 1980s. His other books in the Argyll series are The Titian Committee, The Bernini Bust, The Last Judgement, Giotto's Hand, and Death and Restoration. He is also the author of The Discovery of Painting, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Oxford, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272414
Author:
Pears, Iain
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Pears, Iain M.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Policewomen
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 6.58 oz

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Product details 224 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743272414 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While the author nicely portrays the Italian art world, readers looking for a scintillating mystery will have to seek elsewhere."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderfully appealing cast of characters..."
"Review" by , "Magnificent"
"Review" by , "While this is an interesting look at the world of art collectors, the plot is a tad too complex and difficult to follow."
"Review" by , "A nimble mystery...this book is really a comedy in disguise: the plot twists are finely turned, our heroes flirt harmlessly with danger, and in the end everyone gets what he may not have known he wanted all along."
"Synopsis" by , From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series — an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license.

For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment — and to avoid paying a ransom — the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly.

Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting — an Immaculate Conception — owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.

"Synopsis" by , From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series — an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license.

For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment — and to avoid paying a ransom — the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly.

Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting — an Immaculate Conception — owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.

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