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The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

art forgerIn March 1990, a Boston museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, was the victim of a major heist.  Twenty four years later it remains unsolved, but author B.A. Shapiro’s novel “The Art Forger” tells a fictionalized version of what might have happened.  Artist Claire Roth’s career has taken a tumble and she now spends her time creating commissioned reproductions of famous paintings.  She still dreams of having her work shown in the art galleries along Boston’s Newbury Street, so when the opportunity arises for a shot at stardom, she takes it.  However, accepting this job plunges her into the middle of the mystery of the Gardner heist as well as placing her in harm’s way.  Shapiro takes the reader into the art world of Boston without one needing much prior art knowledge.  Despite knowing that authorities still don’t know the whereabouts of the artwork today nor the criminals who stole them, “The Art Forger” is a page turner for readers during the fictionalized version of the mystery.

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