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The Flanders Panel

By Arturo Perez-Reverte
Book Details
  • Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 1996-05-01
Julia is a young art expert in Madrid. Her specialty is the restoration of paintings about to go up for auction. But her latest project could also be her last. A fifteenth-century masterpiece, the painting depicts a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight, as a lady in black velvet sits in the background. What makes this project different is the hidden inscription Julia discovers in the corner: "Quis Necavit Equitem." Translation: "Who killed the knight?" Breaking the silence of five centuries, Julia's hunt for a Renaissance murderer leads her into a modern-day game of sin, betrayal, and death--every move calculated with devilish precision. And as the stakes rise, Julia finds herself exposed + and vulnerable to attack from everywhere. Unsure whether she is a player or just a pawn, all she knows for certain is that her passion for art has made her an object of deadly obsession. In a mystery of eloquence, wit, seduction, and suspense which marks the debut of a writer Europeans are already comparing to Umberto Eco, the solution is a tour de force of intrigue.

"Paradoxes and puzzles abound + A sleek, sophisticated, madly clever chamber mystery about chess, life, and art."-- "The New York Times Book Review"

"Entertaining, taut, well-plotted."-- "Elle"

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