by Sukey HowardMarch, 2006
The Lost Painting
Jonathan Harr, prize-winning author of A Civil Action, takes on a very different subject in The Lost Painting: The Search for a Caravaggio Masterpiece, read by Campbell Scott. It sounds like a complex thriller, where detective work by young art historians in the dusty archives of a decaying palazzo leads to nail-biting, exciting chases (albeit, only paper chases) and where the intriguing convergence of chance and scholarship may actually lead to the lost treasure. But with a skill rarely found in thrillers, Harr seamlessly weaves a picture of Caravaggio's life and his world into this enthralling story.