Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

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Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

by Joshua Knelman

D&M Publishers Inc | September 2, 2011 | Hardcover

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction!

The Thomas Crown Affair meets The Devil in the White City in this fast-paced true crime story of the seedy-underbelly of international art theft. A major work of investigative journalism, Hot Art is a globetrotting mystery filled with cunning and eccentric characters.

Joshua Knelman spent four years immersing himself in the mysterious world of international art theft, travelling from Cairo to New York, London, Montreal and Los Angeles. He befriends the slippery Paul, a master art thief; and gets caught up in the world of Donald Hrycyk, a detective working on a shoestring budget to recover stolen art. Through alternating chapters focusing on Paul and an international network of detectives, the story of the thief and the detective unfolds, revealing the dramatic rise of international art theft.

Joshua Knelman''s investigation finds there are only a handful of detectives, FBI agents and lawyers fighting a global battle against the thriving black market of international art theft estimated to be one of the largest in the world. Meanwhile, the chain of criminals moves from thugs on the street to multinational organized crime syndicates, to a global network of art dealers who wash the artworks'' origins clean again. In a surprise ending, Knelman learns that corruption can appear in the unlikeliest places.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: September 2, 2011

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658914

ISBN - 13: 9781553658917

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Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

by Joshua Knelman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 328 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: September 2, 2011

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658914

ISBN - 13: 9781553658917

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When we met that summer, in 2008, Lazarus was wearing the same uniform as Hrycyk: brown workman''s slacks, black running shoes, and a large digital watch. If the two detectives walked into an art gallery opening, I''d peg them as artists not detectives. What they wear is so uncool that it''s actually cool. Lazarus has a loud, direct, and confident voice. Her gaze is difficult to read. She has tough, alert eyes and some swagger, but there was something reserved about her posture. Like Hrycyk, she watched and studied: neither detective spoke often. I got the sense that Lazarus, even more than Hrycyk, was content to stay in the background. Rarely was she quoted in articles about the unit''s success. Lazarus didn''t seem to be about the glory. She was to be Hrycyk''s legacy. Hrycyk parked on La Cienega a short distance away from the crime scene. The antique store that had been broken into was on street level, with a large bay window facing the sidewalk and traffic. The window was intact, and featured a few choice pieces of Italian Renaissance furniture. The store itself wasn''t a stand-alone building. It was one of two in the same building. The attached store was visibly under construction; its storefront featured a large piece of plywood nailed to the exterior, covering the empty hole where a window should be. There was a shade tree near the sidewalk in front of the store. A small group of construction workers were huddled in the pool of its shadow, their workday frozen because
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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction!

The Thomas Crown Affair meets The Devil in the White City in this fast-paced true crime story of the seedy-underbelly of international art theft. A major work of investigative journalism, Hot Art is a globetrotting mystery filled with cunning and eccentric characters.

Joshua Knelman spent four years immersing himself in the mysterious world of international art theft, travelling from Cairo to New York, London, Montreal and Los Angeles. He befriends the slippery Paul, a master art thief; and gets caught up in the world of Donald Hrycyk, a detective working on a shoestring budget to recover stolen art. Through alternating chapters focusing on Paul and an international network of detectives, the story of the thief and the detective unfolds, revealing the dramatic rise of international art theft.

Joshua Knelman''s investigation finds there are only a handful of detectives, FBI agents and lawyers fighting a global battle against the thriving black market of international art theft estimated to be one of the largest in the world. Meanwhile, the chain of criminals moves from thugs on the street to multinational organized crime syndicates, to a global network of art dealers who wash the artworks'' origins clean again. In a surprise ending, Knelman learns that corruption can appear in the unlikeliest places.

About the Author

Josh Knelman is an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts.ca, the National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe and Mail. Knelman's feature article ""Artful Crimes"" in The Walrus won Canada's National Magazine Awards for Arts and Entertainment. Knelman is also the fiction editor of Four Letter Word: A Collection of Fictional Love Letters which has sold in over ten territories worldwide. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

"…though the reality may not be like Hollywood’s version, It still makes for an entertaining story…" -- Quill & Quire   "Hot Art creeps up on you. Wickedly entertaining, it turns out to be informative, unexpected and far more thought-provoking than its cheeky 007-ish cover would suggest. Joshua Knelman's in-depth investigation of the international trade in stolen art may read like a TV crime novel, but it delves deeper than that, deftly allowing art theft to serve as an extended metaphor for exploitive, unregulated, free-for-all global capitalism...No doubt Hot Art will eventually be made into a film. Knelman's subject is a natural for Hollywood. His suspenseful writing has a filmic quality, and his characters could have walked out of a Raymond Chandler or Nathanael West novel." -- Literary Review of Canada    "...Seriously, this book is like eating an entire bowl of cherries. They taste like candy, but they’re good for you!" -- Playboy "The most rewarding aspect of Joshua Knelman's 'Hot Art' is its ability to make the reader dive beyond the oil, the subject and the visionary with brush in hand, illuminating canvas." -- Herald de Paris       "...a colourful, tautly written narrative in the true-crime genre...the narrative veers deliciously into ransoms, raids and other cops-and-robbers-type high jinks...an enjoyable and compelling page-turner in the best true-crime tradition." -- Canadian Jewish News   "Journalist Knelman proves an able
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