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Giotto's Hand

Giotto's Hand

Art History Mystery

Iain Pears - Author

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ISBN 9780425188545 | 304 pages | 01 Apr 2003 | Berkley | 5.23 x 8.22in | 18 - AND UP
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General Bottando of Rome's Art Theft Squad believes a lone criminal mastermind-dubbed "Giotto"-has been stealing priceless Renaissance art for over 30 years. But his theory is scorned by archrival Corrado Argan, a bureaucrat more interested in politics than policing.

Bottando's right hand, the beautiful Flavia di Stefano, quickly locates a possible culprit-but he's in England. Since the conniving Argan considers even a trip across town an unnecessary expense for Bottando's squad, Flavia must rely on her fiancÚ, Jonathan Argyll. In England on business, he finds the suspect suspiciously dead. That's a pity-especially for Jonathan. Were he not on the scene-raving about art thefts and coincidences-the police may have ruled that the deceased had a few too many and tripped on a loose stair. Now, Jonathan's passport has been lifted until Her Majesty's magistrate is satisfied that he has told all he knows...

A whimsical take on the scruples of the art trade, on English food and plumbing and on Italian bureaucracy. (San Jose Mercury News)


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