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Book Title: Giotto's Hand|
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Reader ratings: 4.4
The author of the book: Iain Pears
Date of issue: 2007
ISBN 13: 9780007229246
Format files: PDF
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This was a very enjoyably easy reading little book, part of a series I had never hear of until I picked it up. Jonathan Argyll is an Englishman living in Rome trying to make a living as an art dealer, procrastinating about accepting a job as an art teacher. His partner, Flavia, is a member of Rome's Art theft squad and the art theft connection is what I really enjoyed about this book.
Most of it takes place in England, where Jonathan goes to visit an art dealer as a favour to Flavia's boss - when he arrives the dealer is dead. How does the dead art dealer tie into the theory of a single master criminal responsible for a series of art thefts over a couple of decades? That is what the book unfolds for you....
While I would not go so far as to say that this is a 'whodunnit' it is a fun little detective story. Anyone who likes detective stories with a theme should enjoy it. The conclusion was no surprise - not even to me, who has no facility for guessing solutions to mysteries.
Most is set in an English town, and I loved the village politics and gentle fun being poked at communities where everyone knows everyone. The descriptions of Italian departmental politics were also light, fun and entertaining. I will definitely read more of this series.
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Read information about the authorIain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and journalist. He was educated at Warwick School, Warwick, Wadham College and Wolfson College, Oxford. Before writing, he worked as a reporter for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and ZDF (Germany) and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy, France, UK and US. In 1987 he became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University. His well-known novel series features Jonathan Argyll, art historian, though international fame first arrived with his best selling book An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998), which was translated into several languages. Pears currently lives with his wife and children in Oxford.
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