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A painting is ordered by a man in Rome and art dealer Jonathon Argyll delivers it to him. The man views it and has a change of heart. He gives it back to Argyll to resell.
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The next day the art buyer is found murdered in his trashed apartment.

As Argyll and his girlfriend, Flavia di Stephano, who is with the Italian Art Squad, are pushed into helping with the investigation, they are hampered by their French collegues when the search for the truth leads to Paris.

They uncover the victims deeply hidden family secrets dating from the Second World War and the buyer's motive for originally ordering the painting.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Italy City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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