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Stolen Masterpiece Tracker Hardcover – October 4, 2006
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About the Author
Thomas McShane retired from the FBI in2003 after a distinguished career as one of the world’s foremost authorities on international art heists. A graduate of Fordham Law School, he is a practicing defense attorney and art thief consultant. Mr. McShane lives on Long Island in New York.
Dary Matera is the author of fourteen books specializing in the techniques and psychology of both cops and robbers. He lives in Chandler, Arizona.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As you can tell, there are a lot of colorful events and characters in the book, but I've left out lots, including the guy who was stunt man for Charlton Heston during Ben Hur, Rudolf Guiliani's underworld cousin who was the prototype for a character on The Sopranos, and stationing police under a window with a laundry basket to collect evidence when it is thrown out the window as the SWAT guys break in to make the bust. In addition to the merely strange or ridiculous, there are some interesting tidbits about law enforcement work, such as that FBI agents going into a room that is bugged by law enforcement _NEVER_ know where the bug is or how it is hidden--That way they can't be forced to give up the wiretapper's tricks when testifying under oath.
Presumably thanks to the co-writer (Matera) the book is well-written and the writing is pleasant to read. The author speaks with a rough-and-tough, "that's how it is" voice that feels authentic. On the unpleasant side, the translation (presumably by optical character recognition?) to Kindle form is awful! There are numerous typos, and whenever multiple numbers appear together, unwanted space is inserted between the numbers even when it doesn't belong there. Sometimes clumsy right-justification means that only a few words appear on a line with massive gaps in between each word. It was annoying enough to repeatedly jolt me out of "the zone" of reading and break my concentration. The book actually does have a chapter index that works, though. These glitches aren't bad enough to keep me from enjoying the book and recommending it for anyone who thinks the subject might be interesting.
Stolen Masterpiece Tracker is a work done with extraordinary skill, charming wit and sluethound style.
The reader is taken on a true, intriguing and mysterious journey. Mr. McShane is an adventurous FBI agent who uses tricky devices and masterful disguises in his artful quest to track the world's stolen treasures.
An enjoyable and thrilling life story that can be vicariously shared with the Masterpiece Tracker!! Artfully written and artfully enjoyed!!
A Masterpiece for Prime Time!!!
author like McShane although some minor grammatical imperfections pop-up these can be easily excused, once one learns the details of these art heists and how he helped the FBI get to the bottom of them. In fact I found it hard to put this book down..probably most entertaining read I've picked up in the last 2 years.