The Flanders Panel

The Flanders Panel

Book - 2004
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When Julia is cleaning a 15th century Flemish painting, in a corner she finds the words: "Who killed the knight?" As she investigates the mystery, she becomes mixed up with several late 20th century unscrupulous characters.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2004.
Edition: First Harvest edition.
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780156029582
0156029588
Call Number: FIC PER
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull - Translator

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tjdickey
Aug 13, 2019

An excellent piece of writing - art imitates life imitates chess imitates life imitates music imitates sexuality imitates war, etc. etc. Mirroring of various levels of the plot and the experience of the characters draws you in to the story even as the viewer of the titular work of art, a Renaissance painting about chess and murder and adultery is drawn by the painter's craft into the image. Music and chess games and life move forward and in retrograde through entrancing levels of symbolism.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 07, 2018

An art restorer is drawn in a centuries-old mystery when she finds "who killed the knight?" hidden in a 15th century painting.

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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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