The Immaculate Deception

The Immaculate Deception

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From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series -- an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license. For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment -- and to avoid paying a ransom -- the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly. Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting -- an Immaculate Conception -- owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.
Publisher: London : CollinsCrime, 2000
ISBN: 9780002326605
0002326604
Branch Call Number: FIC Pears 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 273 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

The latest in the Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano art theft series. The couple is now married and Flavia is acting head of Italy’s art theft squad, in search of the thief of a stolen painting on loan from a foreign museum. Her soon to be retired boss Taddeo Bottando is her benevolent guiding light as she and Jonathan romp through the Italian countryside in search of the painting and the thief. Irresistible.

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