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The Last Judgement by Iain Pears

The Last Judgement (1993)

by Iain Pears

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Series: Jonathan Argyll (4)

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This is the third of Pears' "art-history mysteries" that I've read - and I really love them. British art dealer Jonathan Argyll and his girlfriend Flavia, a whiz on the Roman police's art squad, are, not surprisingly, always finding themselves mixed up in unsavory doings concerning art...
In this case, Jonathan agrees to deliver an unexceptional painting entitled 'The Death of Socrates' to a client as a favor to a colleague. However, when not only does someone try to steal it from him at the train station, but the client quickly ends up brutally murdered, he realizes not everything about this deal may be on the up-and-up.
A well-crafted plot, engaging and interesting characters, and well-researched details place Pears' mysteries well above average for the genre. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
another enjoyable art mystery ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Oct 21, 2013 |
A very enjoyable art history murder mystery! Jonathan Argyll and his lady love, Flavia, of the Art Police in Rome move between London, Paris, and Rome to solve the case. Fast-paced, betrayal and double crosses that have reached past the WWII era and French Resistance movement to present day lead them a chase. Good read! ( )
  hemlokgang | Jul 29, 2013 |
#4 Jonathan Argyll “art history” mystery in which ghosts of the past float up to haunt Flavia and Jonathan as they try to figure out how a painting that Jonathan bought figures into two murders and a multitude of other curious incidents. Enjoyable read as always, as our two intrepid heroes jaunt across Europe chasing answers about an obscure and unimportant painting, The Death of Socrates, and the people who owned it in the past. Tied in with Nazi war criminals, Resistance members, and people who aren’t what they seem, the painting is causing Jonathan more trouble than he ever dreamed possible. ( )
  Spuddie | Sep 25, 2008 |
Jolly romp with some great one-liners. It was all sounding very familiar as the story unfolded, though I couldn't have told you what was due to happen next, but it was only when I got to the end that I realised the reason for this was that I'd read it before. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 15, 2007 |
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Berr, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cerutti Pini, DonatellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desmonts, AntonioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sarotte, Georges-MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425171485, Mass Market Paperback)

When a tacky painting in his possession is linked to a series of murders, art dealer Jonathan Argyll must investigate the dark secrets in the painting's past -- before someone with truly horrible taste decides to put him out of the picture for good...

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As art dealer Jonathan Argyll delivers a painting in Rome, someone tries to steal it and the buyer is murdered. In terms of money the painting is worthless, so why would anyone kill? Argyll's probe leads him to the resistance in World War II.

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