- Publisher: Harcourt (Oct. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0151789126
- ISBN-13: 978-0151789122
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,692,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Raphael Affair Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992
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Praise for ‘The Raphael Affair’:
‘An impressive first, promising much.’ The Times
‘Good, clean art scam fun…plot layered as forger’s paint; Italophiles and gallery gazers will love it. A felicitous first.’ Guardian
‘Ingenious…a good read.’ Daily Express
‘Clever thriller… Pears balances politics, love and danger nicely, in a plot that has a cunning and satisfactory outcome.’ Sunday Times
Praise for the Jonathan Argyll series:
‘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
'Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch.' Mail on Sunday--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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"
"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"
Top Customer Reviews
If you like these you will probably enjoy Christabel Kent, also set in Italy but thrillers that are a little darker but equally engaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever plot. Weak characterisation. Insipid dialogue.Published 22 months ago by Gervase T. M. Shorter
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. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by nas