The Art Thief

The Art Thief

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
In the wake of the thefts of three priceless art treasures from Rome, Paris, and London, art detective Gabriel Coffin and art historian Geneviáeve Delacloche team up to investigate a series of false leads, forgeries, and bizarre clues.

Blackwell North Amer
Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Coravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night.
Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Genevieve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.
London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum's latest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for more than six million pounds.
In The Art Thief, three thefts are simultaneously investigated in three cities, but these apparently isolated crimes have much more in common than anyone imagines. In Rome, the police enlist the help of renowned art investigator Gabriel Coffin when tracking down the stolen masterpiece. In Paris, Genevieve Delacloche is aided by Police Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot, who finds a trail of bizarre clues and puzzles that leads him ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy. In London, Inspector Harry Wickenden of Scotland Yard oversees the museum's attempts to ransom back its stolen painting, only to have the masterpiece's recovery deepen the mystery even further.
A dizzying array of forgeries, overpaintings, and double-crosses unfolds as the story races through auction houses, museums, and private galleries - and the secret places where priceless works of art are made available to collectors who will stop at nothing to satisfy their hearts' desires.

Baker
& Taylor

In the wake of the thefts of three priceless art treasures from Rome, Paris, and London, art detective Gabriel Coffin and art historian Genevieve Delacloche team up to investigate a series of false leads, forgeries, and bizarre clues. A first novel. 150,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night.

Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Genevi - ve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.

London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum's latest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for more than six million pounds.

In The Art Thief, three thefts are simultaneously investigated in three cities, but these apparently isolated crimes have much more in common than anyone imagines. In Rome, the police enlist the help of renowned art investigator Gabriel Coffin when tracking down the stolen masterpiece. In Paris, Genevi - ve Delacloche is aided by Police Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot, who finds a trail of bizarre clues and puzzles that leads him ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy. In London, Inspector Harry Wickenden of Scotland Yard oversees the museum's attempts to ransom back its stolen painting, only to have the masterpiece's recovery deepen the mystery even further.

A dizzying array of forgeries, overpaintings, and double-crosses unfolds as the story races through auction houses, museums, and private galleries -- and the secret places where priceless works of art are made available to collectors who will stop at nothing to satisfy their hearts' desires.

Full of fascinating art-historical detail, crackling dialogue, and a brain-teasing plot, Noah Charney's debut novel is a sophisticated, stylish thriller, as irresistible and multifaceted as a great work of art.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416550303
1416550305
Branch Call Number: M CHARNEY
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 24 cm

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JeremiahSutherland Apr 23, 2012

Did not finish this book.

There were some interesting and promising elements of the plot.

The writer wasn't up to the job of making everything work in concert to deliver a suspenseful, thrilling story.

A lot of words were spent outlining the international art market. In addition, much space was devoted to ridiculing one or another of the characters.

The author doesn't know when to stop showing off and get to the story.

asbookchick Apr 30, 2008

Enjoyable and highly educational in its descriptions of the art world

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