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The Raphael Affair Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)
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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

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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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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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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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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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Enjoyed it, but I find that his longer and later works are of a higher standard.
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Another very well crafted novel. I am reading his other works now
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