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Publisher Comments:

British art historian Jonathan Argyll has just sold a minor Titian to an American museum for a highly inflated price. But as he complacently awaits his check in the California sunshine, trouble erupts: the museum's billionaire owner is murdered, a dubious art dealer disappears, and a Bernini bust, apparently smuggled out of Italy, is missing. This calls for help from his friends General Bottando and Flavia di Stefano of the Italian National Art Theft Squad... especially when the killer's attention turns toward Argyll. Cleverly mixing murder with art, Iain Pears has written his strongest and most entertaining mystery to date.

Review:

Jonathan Argyll, Pears's (The Titian Committee) endearingly incompetent British art historian and art dealer in Rome, falls into a large sale of a lesser Titian — with a hitch: he must take the oil painting to the private Moresby museum in L.A. without so much as a down payment. The museum lives up to its nouveau reputation, having a collection without focus, a curator with grandiose plans and some Moresby family members with personal agendas sniping at the budget.... With sharply etched characters and art world lore, Pears's latest tale is a lark in grand British style. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

British art historian Jonathan Argyll is in sunny Los Angeles conducting some profitable business with the Moresby Museum. Then the museum's owner is murdered and a Bernini bust disappears. And while awaiting the arrival of his friends from the Italian National Art Theft Squad, Jonathan finds himself targeted by the killer...

Synopsis:

British art historian Jonathan Argyll is in sunny Los Angeles conducting some profitable business with the Moresby Museum. Then the museum's owner is murdered and a Bernini bust disappears. And while awaiting the arrival of his friends from the Italian National Art Theft Squad, Jonathan finds himself targeted by the killer...

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425191897
Author:
Pears, Iain
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Author:
Pears, Iain M.
Location:
New York
Subject:
California
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Policewomen
Subject:
Art thefts
Subject:
Di Stefano, Flavia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
61
Publication Date:
20031104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
825x525
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , Jonathan Argyll, Pears's (The Titian Committee) endearingly incompetent British art historian and art dealer in Rome, falls into a large sale of a lesser Titian — with a hitch: he must take the oil painting to the private Moresby museum in L.A. without so much as a down payment. The museum lives up to its nouveau reputation, having a collection without focus, a curator with grandiose plans and some Moresby family members with personal agendas sniping at the budget.... With sharply etched characters and art world lore, Pears's latest tale is a lark in grand British style. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , British art historian Jonathan Argyll is in sunny Los Angeles conducting some profitable business with the Moresby Museum. Then the museum's owner is murdered and a Bernini bust disappears. And while awaiting the arrival of his friends from the Italian National Art Theft Squad, Jonathan finds himself targeted by the killer...
"Synopsis" by ,

British art historian Jonathan Argyll is in sunny Los Angeles conducting some profitable business with the Moresby Museum. Then the museum's owner is murdered and a Bernini bust disappears. And while awaiting the arrival of his friends from the Italian National Art Theft Squad, Jonathan finds himself targeted by the killer...

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