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The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears
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Feb 22, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read from December 21, 2010 to January 01, 2011

Odd in the beginning, in that the mystery is introduced and solved before chapter two. Maybe the rest of the book will detail another deeper mystery. Or maybe Ian Pears was contractually obligated to type a certain number of words and the rest is just filler.

Parenthetically, The Rest is Just Filler, would be a great title for an autobiography written by a person who is still living, but does not expect to do anything noteworthy between publication and death.

Okay, now the book is finished. It was quite good. The initial mystery is merely an appetizer as a second mystery regarding the missing Raphael is introduced. Pears characters are entertaining and decidedly European. There is roguish, fat, lazy, but brilliant Italian General of Police, an endearingly foppish British grad student who screams Hugh Grant, and a serious, buttoned down, liberated Italian investigator. The characters jet around London, Italy, and Switzerland connecting the dots of the mystery. If this book doesn't make you want to travel, then you probably prefer to vacation at a Nascar race. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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