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"What did you do before you were an art investment counselor?" he asked./"Ever heard of Panorama Magazine?" I replied.../"...before that?"/"I made holes in cheese."/The inspector laughed.../"...you've always been selling hot air." So goes the dialog in this memoir by Lauryssens, a Belgium art dealer who spent time in prison for selling counterfeit works from surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The text is somewhat uneven in the book's first half; readers may not be sure whether they should be taking any of it seriously. Eventually, however, relationship development between the main character and others in the story makes the narrative more grounded and convincing. The book, scheduled to be adapted into a movie starring Al Pacino (as Dalí) and Cillian Murphy (as Lauryssens), is supposedly an international best seller, though it seems more like a movie tie-in. Lauryssens, also a crime novelist, won the Hercule Poirot Award in 2002 for his first thriller, Black Snow. Purchase as needed in larger libraries and libraries specializing in art history.
—Nadine Dalton Speidel