Search Results: "Iain Pears"


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THE PORTRAIT by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2005

"A short story's worth of incident floated on a prickly cushion of aphorism."
A Scottish painter meets his English mentor and former friend after many years, in this poisoned miniature from the author of the behemoth An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) and The Dream of Scipio (2002). Read full book review >

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THE LAST JUDGEMENT by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Though the flashback to historical intrigue barely 50 years old is something of a novelty for Pears (The Bernini Bust, 1994, etc.), Argyll and Flavia's fourth is as densely plotted as ever."
When will Jonathan Argyll learn? Read full book review >

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GIOTTO'S HAND by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1997

"Urbane and amusing as ever, with surprising new depths of temptation for the hero—though series veterans won't be fooled."
Now that fledgling art dealer Jonathan Argyll has finally consummated his rather foolish romance with Flavia di Stefano, of Rome's Art Theft Department (The Last Judgment, 1996, etc.), the two of them can finally turn their full-time energies to tracking down stolen Italian masters. Read full book review >

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AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1998

"Rashomon meets The Name of the Rose in a triumphant triple-decker that knocks every speck of dust from the historical mystery. (First printing of 80,000; $150,000 ad/promo; Book-of-the-Month main selection)"
Nothing in Pears's five archly amusing art mysteries (Giotto's Hand, p. 839; The Last Judgement, 1996, etc.) hints at the range or depth or boldness of this multifaceted scrutiny of a murder case in Restoration Oxford. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A head-scratcher but an ambitious pleasure. When puzzled, press on: Pears' yarn is worth the effort."
Arcadia: a kind of heaven on Earth. Arcade: a place where games are played. Somewhere between the two lies this odd confection by the restless, genre-hopping Pears (Stone's Fall, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >

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STONE’S FALL by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Classy crime fiction, delightfully written, with few straight lines in sight."
A learned, witty and splendidly entertaining descent into the demimondes of international espionage, arms dealing, financial hanky-panky and other favorite pastimes of those without conscience. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND RESTORATION by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Blissfully unaware of the splash her author made earlier this year with his monumental An Instance of the Fingerpost, Flavia di Stefano, of Italy's Art Theft Squad, can think only of what's going to become of her when her boss, Gen. Read full book review >

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THE BERNINI BUST by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"All in all, the cleverest entry yet in this deliciously literate series."
Feckless British art expert Jonathan Argyll (The Titian Committee, 1993) should have known it was all too easy when the Arthur M. Moresby Museum's agent, James Langton, popped up out of the blue to buy the Titian whose sale Jonathan was hoping to broker. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM OF SCIPIO by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2002

"This imposingly intricate novel begins slowly, makes heavy demands on the reader, and rises to a stunningly dramatic crescendo. Pears has leapt to a new level, creating a novel of ideas even more suspenseful and revelatory than his justly acclaimed mysteries."
The truism that "The evil done by men of goodwill is the worst of all" is given memorable expression in this brilliantly constructed historical novel from the British author of the runaway success An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998). Read full book review >

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THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"So many secrets are disclosed and so many bridges burned in this tangled, high-spirited seventh case for Flavia and Jonathan (Death and Restoration, 1998, etc.) that it's hard to imagine what Pears might have left for an eighth."
Under Italian law, you can be jailed for two years for paying a ransom for a loved one who's kidnapped. Read full book review >

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THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >

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THE TITIAN COMMITTEE by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As before, literate and cultivated, with a 20's (1520's) cast, and a particularly clever historical analogy saved for dessert."
Flavia di Stefano, junior investigator for the Polizia Art Squad of Rome, has been sent to Venice to assist (actually, to inoffensively not assist) the local carabinieri looking into the murder of American art historian Louise Masterson; Jonathan Argyll, the gawky British dealer's representative Flavia arrested in The Raphael Affair (1992), has come to Venice to negotiate for a mediocre painting with the Marchesa di Mulino, who suddenly turns skittish. Read full book review >