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Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths
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Saving Caravaggio

by Neil Griffiths

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This blew me away. A thriller with real depth about obsession and negotiation. But its overall timbre is that of chiaroscuro ...
Art cop Daniel Wright recovers stolen paintings - he's one of the best at negotiating in the shadows to reclaim these works of art. His speciality is Caravaggio, and there is one long-missing canvas he saw for a few moments once, which now obsesses him. When he's sent to Italy to do some undercover work at the Uffizi, he seizes his chance to go after the painting, realising that it's more important to him than his failing relationship with his wife. He's helped towards that by meeting curator Francesca!
I'm not a fan of Caravaggio, finding him too dark, but the author does give us interesting insights into understanding why he was an artistic genius and worthy of such obsession and study.
The shafts of light through this dark novel are few and far between, the characterisation is brilliant and the side of Italy that we see is very different from that experienced by any tourist. ( )
  gaskella | Mar 31, 2008 |
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"Under a searing Calabrian sky, detective Daniel Wright is shown the world's most famous stolen paining - Caravaggio's Nativity. As a Caravaggio lover and expert in art recovery, he is determined to rescue it from the Mafia bosses who use it as payment for drug deals and assassinations. Risking his marriage, his career and his life, Daniel defies his superiors and goes beyond the law with the help of Uffizi Gallery curator Francesca Natali in a desperate bid to save the Caravaggio before it is lost for ever. But will he become the hero of the art establishment, or has he dangerously underestimated its Mafia underworld?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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