Stealing the Scream

Stealing the Scream

by Theodore Carter


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In 2004, masked thieves stole Edvard Munch's The Scream from an Oslo museum. Norwegian police recovered the painting two years later but never explained how or where they'd found it. This 70,000-word literary-leaning, humor-laced, crime novel Stealing The Scream tells what may have happened.

Retired CEO-turned-painter Percival Davenport’s criminality starts when, fueled by insecurity, he hires a whiskey-drinking thief to break into museums and hang his paintings. If Percival can pass off his art as museum-quality, he will know he’s attained mastery. The "donations" attract the attention of Leonard, a Smithsonian guard and amateur sleuth.

As Leonard begins collecting the unwanted paintings and searching for the artist, Percival’s studies intensify. He develops an obsession with Edvard Munch’s The Scream and steals it. When Leonard and law enforcement agents come knocking at Percival’s door, his Tell-Tale-Heart-like anxiety causes him to turn his mansion, and the famous painting, into a roiling inferno. This forces the police into creative means of art restoration.

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ISBN-13: 9781732709751
Publisher: Runamok Books
Publication date: 09/15/2019
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Theodore Carter is the author of The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance (Queens Ferry Press, 2012) and Frida Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions (Run Amok Books, 2019), which was named to the Indie Book Picks list by Broken Pencil Magazine. His fiction has appeared in several magazines including The North American Review, Pank, Necessary Fiction, Potomac Review, and Gargoyle. His street art, which began as a book promotion stunt, has appeared on TV. and in print in several Washington, D.C. media outlets.

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