No of pages: 400
Martin Clay, a would-be art historian, believes he has discovered a missing masterpiece. The owner of the painting is oblivious to its potential and asks Martin to help him sell it, leaving Martin with the chance of a lifetime: if he can only separate the painter from its owner, he would be able to perform a great public service, to make his professional reputation - perhaps make rather a lot of money as well. But is the painting really what Martin believes it to be? As Martin is drawn further into this moral and intellectual labyrinth, events start to spiral out of his control ...
'Frayn's plot - a high-precision feat of fictional engineering - accelerates exhilaratingly ... a black and brilliant comedy of uncertainties.'
'Ingenious ... As entertaining as it is intelligent, as stimulating as it is funny.' New York Times
'Dazzling.' Sunday Telegraph
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