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The Raphael Affair

(1990)
(The first book in the Jonathan Argyll series)
A novel by

 
 
The novel which began Iain Pears's acclaimed art crime series, introducing General Bottando and Flavia di Stefano of the Italian National Art Theft Squad. When English art historian, Jonathan Argyll, is caught breaking into a church in Rome, he has an astonishing story to tell. He claims that the church contains a genuine Raphael, hidden under a painting by Mantini. Further investigation reveals that the painting has disappeared...to reappear later in the hands of top English art dealer, Edward Byrnes. Soon Byrnes is able to unveil the Raphael before an amazed world. But how had he found out about the hidden masterpiece? And there is also the curious matter of the forger whose safety deposit box contains some highly suspicious sketches. Then a hideous act of vandalism is perpetrated. Murder is to follow...and General Bottando of Italy's Art Theft Squad faces the most critical challenge of his whole career.

Genre: Mystery

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"Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch." - Frances Fyfield


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Hardback Editions

October 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-15-178912-6 / 978-0-15-178912-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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March 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-575-04727-5 / 978-0-575-04727-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR
Author(s): Pears
ISBN: 0-00-722917-8 / 978-0-00-722917-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Raphael Affair (Art History Mystery)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-425-17892-7 / 978-0-425-17892-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-00-651112-0 / 978-0-00-651112-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Raphael Affair (Art History Mystery)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-425-16613-9 / 978-0-425-16613-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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December 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Raphael Affair (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-7089-7155-5 / 978-0-7089-7155-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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March 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-575-05016-0 / 978-0-575-05016-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

March 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Raphael Affair (Jonathan Argyll-Art History Mysteries, Book 1)(Library Edition) (Jonathan Argyll Mysteries)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 1-4551-2807-4 / 978-1-4551-2807-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Raphael Affair (Jonathan Argyll-Art History Mysteries, Book 1) (Jonathan Argyll Mysteries)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 1-4551-2808-2 / 978-1-4551-2808-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Raphael Affair: Art History Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Iain Pears
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Raphael Affair: Art History Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Iain Pears
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2002 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-7531-1421-6 / 978-0-7531-1421-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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January 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-7531-1367-8 / 978-0-7531-1367-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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February 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Raphael Affair: An Art History Mystery (Library Edition) (Jonathan Argyll Mysteries)
Author(s): Iain Pears
ISBN: 0-7861-1093-7 / 978-0-7861-1093-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

February 2014 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Raphael Affair
Author(s): Iain Pears
Publisher: HarperCollins
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