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Stealing Mona Lisa: A Mystery Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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“An evocative and engaging reworking of the famous Valfierno myth and the theft of the world's most famous painting. Morton writes beautifully and transports us to an Art Deco world of intriguing criminals.” ―Noah Charney, author of The Art Thief and Stealing the Mystic Lamb
“An intriguing and captivating story about a great scam with a twist in the world of con artists, art forgery and mystery.” ―Frank W. Abagnale, New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can
“Historical fans will welcome professional musician Morton's first novel … Morton smoothly blends fact and fiction while evocatively exploring the era's seamy underbelly.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“With all the careful brushstrokes of a classic, Morton gives us a historical tale of deception and theft surrounding the actual 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. This delightful caper is told from the point of view of Marquis Eduardo de Valfierno, now on his deathbed, several years later … Suspense builds steadily as we hold our breath, waiting to see if all the moving parts can make this audacious endeavor succeed. You'll never look at museum art in quite the same way. Great characters, a captivating tale, and vivid descriptions of old Paris make this debut a pleasurable read. Morton's screenwriter/playwright background ensures sparkling dialog. Bring out the popcorn and settle in for excitement, thrills, and tension. Tremendous crossover appeal for historical fiction (think Susan Vreeland) and romance readers, too.” ―Library Journal, starred review
“Like La Jaconde, Carson's debut novel is set in an elegant frame – a newspaper reporter wrests story from the dying Valfierno – that still isn't as finely crafted as what lies inside.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911, Morton's first novel is a canny heist story with fine characterizations and skillful plotting, and it isn't hurt one bit by all the shimmering Parisian ambience. This entertaining caper may leave readers wondering about the authenticity of the art on the museum walls.” ―Booklist
“The visual writing is one of the novel's greatest strengths. Well-crafted, beautifully written, and engaging mystery. The pacing is superb … Carson Morton is, quite frankly, a masterful storyteller.” ―New York Journal of Books
“Morton's powers of description, in both the time frame and setting, really bring you to the center of Paris and make you believe in the events. His skill with dialogue is impeccable, reflecting the gentlemanly (and con man-ly reserve of Valfierno), and contrasting it with the impetuosity of the thief Julia. Overall, this is a first-rate historical novel and a fascinating crime story. If the theft of Mona Lisa didn't actually happen this way, one kind of wishes that it had.” ―Bookgasm, Mark Rose
“Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton provides all the elements of a good caper. Thanks to Morton for the wink he gives us at the end of this caper. We want to clap our hands and laugh. If you are looking for a fun read to round out your summer at the beach, coming all too soon to an end, I can recommend Morton's fictional reconstruction of actual and reported characters and events surrounding the theft and disappearance of the Mona Lisa from 1911-13.” ―Deborah Vink, Washington Independent Book Review
“A work of art – quite literally” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
CARSON MORTON was born in London, England and moved with his family to the United States when he was eleven. He worked as a professional musician for many years, making an album for United Artists Records with his group Razmataz, and playing with the likes of John Sebastian, Billy Preston, and many others. He is a screenwriter and published playwright, and has worked in television as a consultant and composer. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is on this murkiness of detail that Carson Morton has based his novel. Combining real figures with imaginary ones, Morton has written a deft mystery that involves cops, robbers, robber barons and their trophy wives, and one very interesting painter who later emerges into real life. While basically set in Paris, Morton takes the action from Buenos Aries to Newport to Florence. And the Mona Lisa painting also sees action in Morton's book. How many paintings are there, and who ends up with what is left up-to-grabs in Morton's competently written mystery.
"Stealing Mona Lisa" is a look at both the art of times - early 20th century - and the times of the art. Morton does an excellent job at bringing his plot and characters to a satisfactory end. A good novel, I think almost any historical novel lover will enjoy this book.
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