Book of the Week #4

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012)

The Art Forger is by a Boston author and is set in Boston. However, the author will be at a New Hampshire bookstore next week so I decided it could be a book-of-the-week. I have been hearing very positive things about this novel (both reviews and friends who have read it). It is a NY Times bestseller and an Indie Next #1 pick. To learn more about the book check out the trailer. Meet the author at Toadstool Bookshop, Keene on Sunday, 2/3/2013 at 2pm.
"In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers bound and gagged two guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and stole thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million. Despite thousands of hours of police work and a $5 million reward, the artwork has never been recovered. Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
After a scandal involving the provenance of an acclaimed modern painting derails Claire Roth's career, the promising young Boston artist, now a pariah in the art world, makes a living reproducing famous works of art for the popular online retailer, Reproductions.com. In a desperate move to improve her situation, Claire makes a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner, to forge a Degas masterpiece stolen during the Gardner Museum heist, the largest unsolved art theft in history, in return for a one-woman show at his gallery. Their romantic entanglement adds danger to their business arrangement and heightens the possibility of betrayal as each struggles to achieve the end that initially drove them into their illegal pact.
But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one which had been hanging for 100 years at the Gardner Museum—is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may not be the original, but a forgery itself. As she begins her search for the truth about the painting's origins and its possible link to a secret relationship between Edgar Degas and Isabella Stewart Gardner--revealed to the reader through Isabella's letters to her niece—Claire finds herself in a breathless race through a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may hold the key to the mysteries of the present." (publisher's blurb)

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