Death and Restoration (Art History Mystery)

Death and Restoration (Art History Mystery) by Iain Pears 0425177424 9780425177426
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The monastery of San Giovanni on Romes Aventine Hill has no real treasures, except for one huge and disturbing painting, dubiously attributed to Caravaggio, of the breaking of Saint Catherine on the wheel. Its not a subject likely to appeal to many buyers of stolen art. But a Caravaggio is a Caravaggio - or is it? Following a recent burglary at the monasterys chapel, theres little left to steal, so Flavia di Stefano of Romes Art Theft Squad is particularly puzzled when she receives a tip that thieves plan to raid the building. What is there, except perhaps the Caravaggio, that professionals could covet? Even stranger is the sudden arrival in Italy of Mary Verney, an Englishwoman and thief whom Flavia and her art-expert fiance, Jonathan Argyll, have encountered before. She may be there as a tourist, but its unlikely. Is Mary after personal riches, or is her trip, and her possible involvement in a theft, inspired by more terrifying circumstances? Something strange and threatening is occurring both inside and outside the monastery, and Jonathan and Flavia feel powerless when they fail either to stop a theft or a murder. As the two search for answers through the maze of monastic and police bureaucracy, they gradually reveal a surprise more shocking than even they had imagined.

Author: Iain PEARS

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 2000-11-01


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