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Saving Caravaggio [Paperback]

Neil Griffiths


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July 24 2007
Under a searing Calabrian sky, detective Daniel Wright is shown the world's most famous stolen painting - "Caravaggio's Nativity". As a Caravaggio lover and expert in art recovery, he is determined to rescue it from the mafia bosses who use it as payment for drug deals and assassinations. Risking his marriage, his career and his life, Daniel defies his superiors and goes beyond the law with the help of Uffizi Gallery curator Francesca Natali in a desperate bid to save the Caravaggio before it is lost forever. But will he become the hero of the art establishment, or has he dangerously underestimated its mafia underworld? "Saving Caravaggio" is a thrilling story of intrigue and personal crusades, that combines the dark atmosphere of Naples with a determined pursuit of passion.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; 1 edition (July 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141016515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141016511
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,094,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Griffiths works in television and has previously written for Radio 4. He lives in London. His previous novel Betrayal in Naples was published by Viking in 2003.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Evoking Caravaggio June 27 2008
By Etta Chatterjee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Coming fresh to this novel from reading several biographies of Caravaggio, I find his troubled life skilfully evoked by Neil Griffiths. Daniel Wright has Caravaggio's vanity, obsession with art, contempt for others' opinions, violent propensities, envy and emulation of his class betters, and not least, inner demons that propel him into escalating violence. This allows Griffiths to make subtle points about art, obsession, love and betrayal. It also leads the knowing reader to expect a tragic end and indeed Wright comes to grief in Naples, not far from Porto Ercole where Caravaggio reportedly met his lonely death. Griffith's sideways evocation, homage even, works better for this elusive, schizophrenic artist, than some more direct reworkings such as Christopher Peachment's 'Caravaggio'.

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