The Flanders Panel

The Flanders Panel

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
When a young art expert discovers a murder hidden in a valuable fifteenth-century Flemish painting, she must overcome some unscrupulous twentieth-century characters to uncover the identity of the killer

Blackwell North Amer
A fifteenth-century painting by a Flemish master is about to be auctioned off. It represents a game of chess between two historical figures, the Duke of Flanders and his knight. A dark lady in the background sits at a window reading a book. Julia, a young art expert in Madrid, hired to clean the painting, discovers in an X ray an inscription hidden in a corner: Who killed the knight?
As more and more clues reveal themselves, Julia becomes obsessed with the question - and in the hunt for the Renaissance murderer finds herself involved with several late-twentieth-century unscrupulous characters: the director of the Madrid branch of Claymore's, the former conductor of the Madrid symphony orchestra, a cocaine-sniffing art historian, a homosexual antique dealer, and a scruffy chess player. All of them sleuths and suspects in this great game of chess, adventure, love, and life.

Baker
& Taylor

When a young art expert discovers a murder hidden in a valuable fifteenth-century Flemish painting, she must overcome some unscrupulous twentieth-century characters to uncover the identity of the killer.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, c1994
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151489268
0151489262
Branch Call Number: F PER
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

I was rooked into reading this! Amazingly I found the depiction of the chess problems (I'm nothing more than a novice player who hardly ever beats the game in the Windows version on my PC) more interesting than the plot. I thought the heroine was not that interesting (although her occupation is.) Unlike The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which brought Barcelona to life, Madrid was just a vague background to the story here. I also thought a representation of the painting would have been a nice touch (the copy I had showed chess pieces on the cover.) Never did manage to finish it, either, so maybe it got better after the first half?

drudofsky Sep 08, 2015

Great retrograde chess problem, tortured plotting

bdemian Mar 18, 2013

Clever and suspenseful

philomenanowlin Mar 16, 2013

If you play chess, you will love it, but for the rest of us the plot stretches credulity. There is a latent hostility towards homosexuality and to cougars that I found rather nasty.

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