In a 15th-century Flemish painting two noblemen are pictured playing chess. Yet two years before he could sit for the portrait, one of them was murdered. In 20th-century Madrid, Julia, a picture restorer preparing the painting for auction, uncovers a hidden inscription in Latin that points to the crime: Quis necavit equitem? Who killed the knight? But as she teams up with a brilliant chess theoretician to retrace the moves, she discovers the deadly game is not yet over and her own life is in danger...
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"A sleek and sophisticated chamber mystery about art, life and chess. Madly clever" ( New York Times)
"Gives murder a touch of class...delightfully absorbing" ( Observer)
"'In its intellectual background detail it is reminiscent of Umberto Eco's novels...hard to stop reading" (Michael Eaude Times Literary Supplement)
A brilliant murder mystery in which a clue to a murder is hidden within a medieval painting
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Book Description Flamingo, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002713292