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The Raphael Affair Paperback – 6 Apr 1999


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (6 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006511120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006511120
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Pears was born in 1955. He is the author of seven detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and three novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and The Portrait.

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‘Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch’
Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday

‘You don’t have to know much about art to enjoy Iain Pears’s Italian mysteries. Like a good teacher, he shares his passion unobtrusively and flavours his lessons with wit’
Val McDermid

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When English art historian Jonathan Argyll is caught breaking into a church in Rome, he has an astonishing story to tell. He claims that the church contains a genuine Raphael, hidden under a painting by Mantini. Further investigation reveals that the painting has disappeared . . . to reappear later in the hands of top English art dealer, Edward Byrnes.

Soon Byrnes is able to unveil the Raphael before an amazed world. But how has he found out about the hidden masterpiece? And there is also the curious matter of the forger whose safety deposit box contains highly suspicious sketches.

Then a hideous act of vandalism is perpetrated. Murder is to follow . . . and General Bottando of Italy's Art Theft Squad faces the most critical challenge of his whole career.

"Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch."
FRANCES HEGARTY ' Mail on Sunday'

"Iain Pears has a superior line in this kind of tale"
'Guardian'

"You don't have to know very much about art to enjoy Iain Pears's Italian mysteries. Like a good teacher, he shares his passion unobtrusively and flavours his lessons with wit"
VAL McDERMID


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Generale Taddeo Bottando walked up the staircase covered in stolen works of art slightly before the bell of San Ignazio struck seven in the morning, as usual. Read the first page
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first, and one of the most enjoyable, of Pears' Jonathan Argyll art mysteries. Jonathan is an endearingly bumbling hero and Flavia di Stefano a charming detective. The story is funny and gripping, with plenty of twists and turns and a lot of interesting information about art fraud, forgery and restoration techniques thrown in. Great Sunday morning reading, with a latte and a ciabatta to recreate the Italian atmosphere...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Cole Cole on 10 Aug. 2010
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I read this AFTER "The Titian Committee" (TTC). Not realising TTC as the second I subsequently tracked down the rest and am reading them in the published order and loving all of them in turn. So far, this is my favourite. Is this the startof an affair... we'll have to complete the series to find out probably.

If you like these you will probably enjoy Christabel Kent, also set in Italy but thrillers that are a little darker but equally engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bellepaese on 25 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not going to write reams. I just want to say I loved it. Read 5 of them so far and i am hooked.
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Excellent - kept me guessing until the last minute! A real page turner, and a complete change from many of the more modern plots! I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nas on 30 Oct. 2012
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Have to agree with the reviewer from 2001. Very underwhelming - hoped to get a bit of local flavour from the Rome setting, but there's no description, no atmosphere. The chapters lurch from one expositional 'meeting' to another - heck, we don't even get to meet the villain until he's chucked off a tower (unless I missed something - that's how little mark the plot makes!) The only 'action' is in the third chapter from the end - the remaining two lurch to a bathetic conclusion with yet more tedious explanations, mostly centering around information we're not privy to - what's the point of a thriller where you don't get the clues along the way to work it out for yourself? Argyll's audience received his great 'final revelation' in silence...I know how they felt.
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