The Art Forger

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On 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 ...

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Overview

On 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.

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Tom Perrotta
“A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story.”
—Tom Perrotta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410455260
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 1,439,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Fun Read and Well Crafted Story

    This was such a fun story, especially made for art lovers and museum enthusiasts. Reads like a great beach read; the story is interesting enough that you want to tear through it, but not quite the page-turner of Hunger Games or Gone Girl. Even so, i will read it again, and soon, because of course my curiosity rushed me through.

    Clare's story is told through three different story lines that come together beautifully in the end without redundancies, which impressed me. The first story of her history three years ago: her torrid affair with a married art professor, a tortured artist type, and their "collaborative" painting she paints for him while he suffers a creative block in order that he not miss a great opportunity to show at New York's MOMA.

    The second storyline, told thru letter's of Isabelle Gardner about her friendship with Edgar Degas in 1890's Paris, which will help explore some of the mystery surrounding the Gardner Museum of Boston and the famous unsolved heist of paintings including one masterwork of Degas.

    The current storyline of Clare's life as a struggling artist who pays the rent by painting reproductions of masterworks, specializing in Degas while she bides her time waiting for discovery and a show of her own. Clare is offered an opportunity she cannot pass up from a promiment (and of course superbly attractive) gallery owner, something so great she wonders if it is a deal with the devil... and indeed, it may be.

    It makes for some very fun, very interesting, very imaginative reading!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

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    Captivating!

    Oh wow, this book is just captivating! I wanted to immediately read it again when I was finished! The suspense definitely had me going hours on end with this book and I didn't want to put it down. I kept wanting to know more about Claire's past with Isaac and her future with Aiden, her past with scandal and her future with forgery. When would Claire learn that her dependency on men to get ahead in the world as an artist only causes trouble?

    "When I accepted Markel's offer, I thought I'd be learning at the feet of a master painter; instead, my most powerful lessons have come from a master forger." (loc.1664)

    I had no idea how this book would pan out, and the ending was very satisfying. Perhaps it's because of my own love and hobby of the arts that sparks my intrigue, but the author did a wonderful job in telling this story. The slight of humor, the intensity of seriousness, the lightness in characterization was great! In particular I love the imagery she uses, as well as the metaphors and the personification of the artwork. I will absolutely want to reread this book again, as well as any other books by B.A. Shapiro.

    First Line: "I step back and scrutinize the paintings." (loc. 13)

    Last Line: "And no matter how big the commissions or how great the museums, I suppose I'll never know." (loc. 3815)
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    Quotes

    "The sweet possibility of reclaiming all that's been lost, everything I've ever wanted. But a forger? A pretender? The absolute last thing I want to be." (loc. 152)

    "'It's your call, Claire,' he reminds me. 'I can get someone else if I have to...'
    Someone else? 'Okay,' I tell him. 'I'm in.'" (loc. 404)

    "A writer friend once told me that when she walks into a library anywhere in the world, the smell makes her feel instantly at home." (loc. 730)

    "I'm astonished I was able to fool myself for as long as I did. That I, a self-proclaimed Degas expert, could be so taken in. I felt the truth the first moment I set eyes on the painting, yet I convinced myself otherwise. And I'm not alone." (loc. 1054)

    "A woman who makes a Faustian bargain is not without responsibility." (loc. 3810)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Recommended for art and mystery lovers

    A good mystery about the meaning of art. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly Recommend-Couldn't put it down!

    The Art Forger was recommended to me by my mother's best friend who is very well read...so I knew it was going to be good! This book caught my attention from the beginning! I am from Boston and very familiar with the Isabelle Gardner Museum heist. This past week there has also been a lot of hype due to new evidence in the case. If you like art history and historical fiction then you will love this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    A fun and fascinating mystery. From the first page I was engaged

    A fun and fascinating mystery. From the first page I was engaged in the story and found it difficult to put the book down. The intertwining of fictionalized events involving people who once lived and the facts surrounding the infamous (and still unsolved) theft of 13 works of art from the Garner Museum, coupled with an intriguing what-if scenario about the reappearance of one of those missing treasures decades after the fact make a very satisfying story. Glimpses into the art world and the art of forgery add color and texture without distraction. I highly recommend The Art Forger.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have read a lot of books and I have to say that The Art Forger is my favorite, it just kept me reading when ever I had time to do so. Great book.
    B.A. Shapiro, I can't wait for your next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Why is the ebook more expensive than the paperback?

    Why is the ebook more expensive than the paperback?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    Excellent.

    Excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    Great book. I have no knowledge or particular interest in art, b

    Great book. I have no knowledge or particular interest in art, but the author weaves together a compelling story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Interesting and informative of the Art World.

    If your interested in oil paintings this is a good story and a look into the art world you may not know.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Read it!

    If you like museums, art, impressionism and mysteries this book will keep you interested for one night..... My only concern is that there were no more pages to read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2015

    Love this book!

    I totally enjoyed this book and have recommended it for my book club. It is wonderful fiction but the art heist, which is the central core of the story, actually happened. A good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2015

    Very interesting topic

    Thought provoking novel with an interesting topic. Makes you wonder about the world of art forgery. Are the works we see in museums always originals? Claire, is an interesting main character, whose knowledge has you referencing multiple topics! Fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2015

    An entertaining book.

    The story is well thought out and internally consistent. The writing is lively and engaging.

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  • Posted February 3, 2015

    A fun read, well written and will look for more B.A. Shapiro boo

    A fun read, well written and will look for more B.A. Shapiro books to buy.

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  • Posted February 2, 2015

    ENJOYED THIS BOOK!

    This book is suspenseful and a thought provoking story. How many masterpieces hanging in museums are fakes? After reading this book I believe that we see what we want to see. You will enjoy reading The Art Forger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Great read

    Good story line, keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

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  • Posted February 2, 2015

    Enjoyed this read.

    If you are interested in art and curious about the behind the scenes of the the painting business as well as enjoy human relations, you will enjoy the well written story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Good story

    A little slow of a read, but decent story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Great story. Highly recommend .

    Great story. Highly recommend .

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