"A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love
and betrayal. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art
theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping
story." -TOM PERROTTA, AUTHOR OF THE
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art (worth over $500
million today) were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history,
and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover
that there''s more to this crime than meets the eye.
Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online
retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured
into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery
owner. She agrees to forge a painting-a Degas masterpiece stolen
from the Gardner Museum-in exchange for a one-woman show in his
renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas
painting is delivered to Claire''s studio, she begins to suspect
that it may itself be a forgery.
Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth
of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be
the only evidence that can now save her life.