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The Last Judgement: An Art History Mystery | [Iain Pears]

The Last Judgement: An Art History Mystery

In an exchange of favors with an art dealer colleague, Jonathan Argyll unluckily offers to transport a painting from Paris back to Rome. It seems routine work, and Jonathan gets to meet his girlfriend, Flavia, who works for Rome's Art Theft Squad. But when a would-be thief tries to take the painting at the train station, and the art dealer seems less interested in his purchase once he sees it, Jonathan wonders why, as events unfold, someone is willing to kill for it.
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In an exchange of favors with an art dealer colleague, Jonathan Argyll unluckily offers to transport a painting from Paris back to Rome. It seems routine work, and Jonathan gets to meet his girlfriend, Flavia, who works for Rome's Art Theft Squad.

But when a would-be thief tries to take the painting at the train station, and the art dealer seems less interested in his purchase once he sees it, Jonathan wonders why, as events unfold, someone is willing to kill for it. With customary wit and panache, Jonathan and Flavia embark on a breathless chase to capture a killer who has been refining his own particular art for many years.

©1993 Iain Pears; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A witty, exceptionally brilliant puzzler." (Sunday Times (London))
"A joy for readers who enjoy a complex plot set to clever dialogue with the often nefarious goings-on of the international art market as a backdrop." (St. Petersburg Times)

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    Librarian OK, USA 02-23-13
    Librarian OK, USA 02-23-13

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Listen, enjoy, and learn!"
    If you could sum up The Last Judgement in three words, what would they be?

    Art, betrayal, and murder.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly on the edge, but I did want to keep on listening to all the action.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Paris, when Flavia comes back from a night out and describes her adventures. It is comic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Difficult to say but I think there is an element of a "bait and switch" to the story. So maybe that would be the tag line. If a movie, it would definitely be rated G for General audiences. This book reminds me of the Cary Grant movie "Charade" in its feel and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second Pears book I have listened to and throughly enjoyed his humor and cleverness in dealing with some serious subjects. I have learned something from every Pears art mystery book with that "spoonful of sugar" he uses in his writing. Howard is a great narrator for these books as he sounds so academic and authoritarian when that is the last way I picture the character Argyll.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 10-20-12
    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 10-20-12
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    After listening to the first book in the series, the Raphael affair, and enjoying it very much, I was concerned that the new narrator would ruin this book. But Geoffrey Howard did as good a job on this one as Ralph Cosham did on the previous book.
    Iain Pears mysteries are smart, funny and engaging, and this one was no different (I have read the entire series as print books and have never been disappointed). The only problem I had with this audiobook is that it is out of sequence. The lives of Jonathan and Flavia follow a distinct timeline. It would have been nice if the publishers had chosen to record the second book in the series rather than one set farther down the fictional road.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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