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The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    The Rescue Artist as Hero

    At last, an exciting non-fiction book about the strange world of art theft. Edward Dolnick debunks the myth of the charismatic thief stealing masterpieces for his own collection or on order for a rich recluse. There are no Dr. Nos, Captain Nemos or Thomas Crowns in real life. Art thieves, usually working in gangs, are cruel, ignorant thugs who steal great works because it's easy, it's a thumb in the eye of the cultured elite and law enforcement, and it's a sure bet, they believe, to bring a handsome reward. Dolnick's sparkling narrative reveals the world of thieves, fences, cops, museum diretors and rich collectors. His careful research and interviews with a marvelous variety characters weaves a fabric of human greed, stupidity, humor and nobility. His greatest triumph is his portrait of the rescue artist, Charley Hill, with all his quirks and contradictions. Here is a real life good-guy who has a deep appreciation for the masterpieces of western art and has the brains and guts to search for those that are stolen. Without a gun and often without back-up, Hill has gone undercover to retrieve works by Vermeer, Goya, Metsu, Titian and Munch. It's a gripping story. And now the question is: Can Hollywood find an actor with the range and depth to portray Charley Hill?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Fabulous look into an intriguing world

    This book opens with a scream, and held my interest throughout as the tangled web of the art theft world was made visible. The dedication of those who search for missing art and the ruthlessness of those who have stolen it are pivotal to the story, as the race to find the stolen treasures unfolds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Lover af Art and History

    This book is great and easy to read with lots of infomation. I recomend this book to anyone specially if you enjoy Art.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Entertaining enough

    This was an enjoyable enough read, if a bit thin. It feel more like an overly-long vanity fair article. Had the author widened his scope or examined the art market/art crime with greater precision it would have been stronger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    It's about the cop, not the rescue.

    As the title says, "The Rescue Artist."
    Much about the character, not much about the "rescue".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    A very exciting story well told

    This is a very good book to read if you like detective stories. You don't have to know anything about art. Art theft is a topic which people like me really don't have any knowledge of. However, this book is written in such an entertaining way ... easy to follow and it takes you to this really exciting world of famour art pieces, artists and of course the art-theft 'underworld'. Honestly I was a bit disappointed when I finished it ... wished it'd be some more. :)

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