The Art Forger

THE ART FORGER                                      B.A. SHAPIRO
Posted: July 1, 2013

The Art ForgerOn March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million 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 nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.


If you are into art this book is for you. It is loosely based on a art theft from Boston. This book starts off slow but finishes strong. Like some artists I know. Growing up with an artist I could relate to a lot of the story. I don't want to say to much because then I will give away the story. This is a well written book and for me once I got past the first 5 chapters the story really really took off, but you do need the whole story to make a book. So this was a good and well written book.

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