Landscape of Lies

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Atheneum, 1989 - Fiction - 315 pages
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Isobel Sadler is dead broke. The only thing she's got that might bring in any money is a stupendously bad painting that's been in her family for generations. It's so ugly she can't imagine it would be worth much, but the other night someone tried to steal it. Mystified, she turns to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-centurytreasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries. If they can decipher the clues in the painting, Whiting reasons, Isobel's money troubles will be history. Whiting, however, isn't the only one who has figured out the painting's true identity. He and Isobel struggle to decode its arcane instructions-laced with references to everything from classical mythology to the Bible to Botticelli.-but a rival is one step ahead, and he'll stop at nothing-not even murder-to get his hands on the medieval treasure.

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User Review  - Condorena - LibraryThing

This is basically a story about a painting that is really a map to a treasure trove of medieval artifacts of great value. It was fun to read except for the plethora of esoteric facts which sometimes ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

I liked this book. It was a stark contrast to the last book I tried reading (Name of the Rose), although there were some similarities. Landscape is set in modern times but is (ala Da Vinci Code) a ... Read full review


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Watson writes for the Observer, Times (London), New York Times, and the Spectator.

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