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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"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