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Julia, a young Madrid art restorer, is pulled into a shadowy world of metaphor when she discovers a long-covered inscription on a Flemish painting: Who killed the knight? Art, chess and murder are intertwined in this elegant, seductive mystery in the manner of The Name of the Rose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When an art restorer sets out to solve the riddle of a 15th-century masterpiece in this uneven but intriguing, multilayered thriller, she finds that one murder begets another, down through five centuries. Young, beautiful art expert Julia works in Madrid for the Prado as well as for various local galleries and auctioneers. Her painstaking cleaning of The Game of Chess , by Flemish master Pieter Van Huys, uncovers a Latin inscription--painted over by the artist--with the question "Who killed the knight?" Julia explores this mystery with the aid of Cesar, a middle-aged, homosexual antiques dealer who has become something of a surrogate father figure for her; Alvaro, her art professor ex-lover; and Munoz, a mildly antisocial chess master. When Alvaro dies--possibly murdered--Van Huys's riddle becomes relevant not only to the figures and chess pieces represented in his painting but also to Julia and her friends in this rather seamy art community. The author, a TV journalist in Spain, makes interesting use of the chessboard as metaphor for various human interactions, and his characters' sleuthy analysis of the painting's symbols and the details of its frozen chess game is clever and quite suspenseful. But the characters themselves are carelessly drawn cartoons--perhaps distorted in translation--and prone to rather sophomoric pronouncements on aesthetic and philosophical issues. And--highbrow pretensions aside--the whodunit aspect of the narrative is resolved unconvincingly, with disappointing conventionality. Film rights to Filmania.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It could have been a great book. Too much chess and contrived end.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Perez-Reverte is one of the most skilled writers alive today; his Captain Alatriste series about a 17th century swordsman is also very well-written and very entertaining. Read morePublished 26 days ago by charlie44
I have read this book many times and always enjoy the plot twists & turns. The parallel stories intrigue & captivate the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reader in CA
While the plot and the character development isn't particularly mind blowing, the author's ability to navigate and use history, art, chess, and science to execute such a work of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather Johnson
I came across this author quite by accident as I found this paperback in a second hand store. Curiously enough the book appeareded to be brand new as though it had never been read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Enrique Torres
This is my second book by this author and I will likely read a third. The story and characters are well developed and written.Published 5 months ago by Mr. Paully