The Raphael Affair

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9780007229178: The Raphael Affair

Vandalism and murder follow a newly discovered Raphael painting to London, and Bottando decides to investigate with the help of his glamorous assistant, Flavia. By the author of The Discovery of Painting. A first novel.

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Iain Pears was born in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian, and a television consultant in England, France, Italy, and the United States. He is the author of seven highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects, as well as the international bestseller "An Instance of the Fingerpost,"

Daniel Philpott is associate professor of political science and peace studies, University of Notre Dame.

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In this fast-moving tale about art forgery, art theft, art dealing and art investigation, Geoffrey Howard has an excellent voice for the different characters, both British and Italian. The listener is carried right along through the Italian museum world, a British art auction and an investigation into possible fraud. The Italian detective, General Bottando, and his female assistant, Flavia di Stefano, are read with flair; the British art historian, Jonathan Argyll, and various members of the commercial art world are spot on. Howard's delivery mirrors the increasing tension in the story right up to the denouement and then relaxes the pace so the listener can enjoy the puzzle's solution. D.M.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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