The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - True Crime - 272 pages
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Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads—and a $5 million reward—none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.

  

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User Review  - dyeabolical - LibraryThing

This is an interesting look at the author's quest to recover art stolen from the Gardner museum. The author tracks down numerous leads, including developing relationships with some truly frightening underworld figures. Read full review

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User Review  - lahochstetler - LibraryThing

The largest unsolved art heist in history happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Two men stole twelve works of art including a Vermeer and several Rembrandts. The ripped ... Read full review

Contents

A Disturbance
1
The Art Detective
11
It Was a Passion
29
The Picture Habit
43
The Art of the Theft
63
Something That Big
77
Unfinished Business
89
Infiltrate and Infatuate
109
I Was the One
133
Any News on Your Side
155
Wheres Whitey?
171
Put My Picture on the Cover
189
Like a Spiderweb
209
Sources
225
Bibliography
243
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About the author (2009)

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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