2012 - The Art Forger
This book was a perfect vacation read. I tore through it while flying to and driving around Iceland on a week-long adventure with my husband and friends. It is fast-paced, has unexpected turns of events, and of course the thrill of criminal doings. It is full of detail on the technical processes of forging oil paintings, and tells the fascinating story of the Gardner Museum heist--to date, the largest art theft in history. (It is still unsolved; the no-strings-attached reward for information was doubled to $10 million this year). All that said, the writing left something to be desired and the conclusion was a bit far-fetched. It is a fun book that shouldn't be taken too seriously.
For other tomes that describe nefarious activity from the view of the criminal, I recommend:
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Keep turning the page,