The Art Forger

Paperback | October 29, 2013

byB. A. Shapiro

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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 Left Overs

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.

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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 Left OversOn March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art (worth over $500 million today) were stolen from the Isabella Stewart ...

B.A. SHAPIRO lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at Northeastern University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443418048

ISBN - 13:9781443418041

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Good read. Will keep you turning the page.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art Forger Fabulous mystery! Great descriptions of art, art history and deception both in art and life.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art Forger This book is a great blend of fiction and fact. The art heist, the famous art museum, and the female art collector all are real. And B.A.Shapiro does a superb job of weaving the two together, so that at the end, you are amazed and fascinated that some of this is actually real. The main characters in the art world draw you into their lives, and into the mysterious art heist, while introducing you to their cut throat high stakes world of less-than-famous artists. It was fun googling names of artists and paintings to view the art as background to the story. A perfect blend of mystery, passion, and a new world to discover. Did not want it to end.
Date published: 2013-11-07

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"I look forward to reading more from its very clever creator." -ARTHUR GOLDEN, AUTHOR OF MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

"As original as a real Degas, it's also as unforgettable." -CAROLINE LEAVITT, AUTHOR OF PICTURES OF YOU