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The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft Paperback – March 16, 2010
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“Boser has produced a captivating portrait of the world’s biggest unsolved art theft.” (Wall Street Journal)
“A vivid portrait of the high-stakes world of art crime.” (Associated Press)
“Ulrich Boser presents his solution to the [Gardner] mystery.” (Washington Post)
“Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.” (Vanity Fair)
“In The Gardner Heist, author Ulrich Boser offers a tantalizing whodunit as he embarks on an exhaustive search for the stolen masterpieces.” (Boston Globe)
“The book is a thrill.” (The Guardian)
“Now we read this. It looks like the largest theft since the Devil Rays took what should have been the Red Sox’s 2008 American League championship. I don’t know if those paintings ended up on eBay, but I do know they’re not on my walls.” (Senator John Kerry)
“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.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Boser poetically contrasts the burning, almost unnatural desire art lovers feel for paintings with the cold reality that art theft is one of the easiest and most lucrative types of crime.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Artfully done... Grade: A Minus.” (Boston Herald)
About the Author
Ulrich Boser has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Smithsonian magazine, Slate, and many other publications. He has served as a contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report and is the founding editor of The Open Case, a crime magazine and web community. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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In this book, the author examines the potential local elements often attributed to the crime, and navigates the murky waters of speculation as to "who done it". Suburban criminals, local mafia chieftains, and legendary figures in the New England burglary world are all weighed and measured.
For anyone with any love of art, interest in true crime, or student of Bostonian culture as a hot bed for "crime as a career", this book is insightful, entertaining, and thought provoking. By the end, the reader will think they solved the crime, and within an hour after that they will realize they feel like every FBI agent who ever worked the case......frustrated because they are confident without conviction.
A near brilliant book.
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