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Giotto's Hand (original 1994; edition 2007)

by Iain Pears

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Title:Giotto's Hand
Authors:Iain Pears
Info:Harper Collins (2007), Paperback, 272 pages
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This is #5 (of 7) in Iain Pears' Art History Mystery series, but it's the last I read! I saved it a while, knowing that after this one, there aren't any more! Objectively, this probably isn't the best of the series,but it's a solid entry. Bottando, the director of the Art Theft Squad, has an upstart after his job, and out to discredit him and his methods. He grabs onto a dead-case file of old thefts, which Bottando had a theory about - that they might all have been the work of one mastermind, nicknamed 'Giotto' - in order to prove his point. But, coincidentally, at this point Flavia and her boyfriend Jonathan come across evidence regarding one of these thefts which seems to indicate that Bottando's wild theory might have had something to it after all. But can they turn up enough evidence in time to vindicate Bottando?"
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I found this book hard to get into. Much prefer the other work of Iain Pears. ( )
  sianpr | Jun 14, 2013 |
Fingerpost was better- but this one isn't bad. ( )
  ziska | May 7, 2012 |
This, number 5 in the Jonathan Argyll art history mystery series, like the other one that I've read is a light, enjoyable read - quite different from Iain Pears' more serious novels. Those who enjoy reading about art, and the contrasts between Italian and British culture, will find a pleasant, undemanding read. ( )
  gennyt | Aug 24, 2011 |
Thoroughly entertaining mystery set in Rome, wandering off to England eventually, following the theft of a painting and the possibility this is linked to other art crimes. Entertaining cast of characters, lots of little details, an interesting case, some inter-departmental politics, and good fun all round. ( )
1 vote Flit | Jul 26, 2010 |
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General Taddeo Bottando's triumphantly successful campaign towards the unmasking of the shadowy English art dealer, Geoffrey Forster, as the most extraordinary thief of his generation began with a letter, postmarked Rome, that turned up on his desk on the third floor of the Art Theft Department on a particularly fine morning in late July.
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General Bottando of Rome's Art Theft Squad is in trouble: his theory that a single master criminal, dubbed 'Giotto', is behind a string of major art thefts has aroused the scorn of his arch enemy and rival, the bureaucrat Corrado Argan. He needs a result, and the confession of a dying woman may just provide the vital clue. In pursuit of the elusive Giotto, Bottando's colleague, Flavia di Stefano, sets off hotfoot for Florence, and English art dealer Jonathan Argyll is dispatched to London and then on to rural Norfolk...only to discover a body and a mystery which could lead to the greatest art find of his career... (Fantastic Fiction)
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General Bottando of Rome's Art Theft Squad is in trouble - his theory that a single master criminal, dubbed "Giotto", is behind a string of thefts has aroused the scorn of his rival, the bureaucrat Corrado Argan. He needs a result, and the confession of a dying women provides clues.

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Witty and clever art history-mystery featuring Jonathan Argyll, from the author of the bestselling masterpiece 'An Instance of the Fingerpost'. General Bottando of Rome's Art Theft Squad is in trouble: his theory that a single master criminal, dubbed 'Giotto', is behind a string of major art thefts has aroused the scorn of his arch enemy and rival, the bureaucrat Corrado Argan. He needs a result, and the confession of a dying woman may just provide the vital clue. In pursuit of the elusive Giotto, Bottando's colleague, Flavia di Stefano, sets off hotfoot for Florence, and English art dealer Jonathan Argyll is dispatched to London and then on to rural Norfolk -- only to discover a body and a mystery which could lead to the greatest art find of his career!… (more)

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