Format:
Book
Author:
Title:
Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins, 2009.
Description:
260 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary:
One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld--the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces worth $500 million and the art detective who swore to get them back.
Subjects:
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:
The storm on the sea of Galilee : a disturbance in the courtyard -- Chez Tortoni : the art detective -- A lady and gentlemen in black : it was a passion -- The concert : the picture habit -- Cortege aux environs de Florence : the art of the theft -- Landscape with an obelisk : something that big -- Ku : unfinished business -- Three mounted jockeys : infiltrate and infatuate -- Self-portrait : I was the one -- Program for an artistic soiree I : any news on your side -- Program for an artistic soiree II : where's Whitey? -- La sortie de pesage : put my picture on the cover -- Finial : like a spiderweb.
LCCN:
2008038803
ISBN:
9780061451836 (acid-free paper)
0061451835 (acid-free paper)
Other Number:
232977861
Copies in all libraries:
7
Current Holds:
1
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
595952
Call Number:
364.16/287599492
# Local items in:
1
# System items in:
5
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, thieves posing as cops entered Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and left with a haul unrivaled in the art world, including three Rembrandts and a Vermeer, valued today at $600 million. Boser, a contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report, turned amateur sleuth after the death of a legendary independent fine arts claims adjuster, Harold Smith, who was haunted by the Gardner robbery. Boser carried on Smith's work, pursuing leads as varied as James "Whitey" Bulger's Boston mob and the IRA. Along the way, he visited felons—including the notorious art thief Myles Connor—and Bob Wittman, the FBI's only art theft undercover agent. Boser's rousing account of his years spent collecting clues large and small is entertaining enough to make readers almost forget that, after 18 years, the paintings have still not been found: the museum is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to their return. Photos. (Mar.)

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