Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

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D & M Publishers, Sep 2, 2011 - True Crime - 304 pages
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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction

The Thomas Crown Affair meets The Devil in the White City in this fast-paced, character-driven story that breaks open the secrets of international art theft

A major work of investigative journalism, Hot Art is also Joshua Knelman's tale of the young reporter chasing a story idea that turns out to be a globe-trotting mystery, filled with cunning and eccentric characters: art thieves who threaten and then befriend him, gallery owners who avoid him, FBI agents and senior detectives who tolerate him, and art lawyers who embrace him in their ongoing fight to sound the alarm about the disturbing secrets of art dealership vis a vis the black market and how it is exploding around the world, unchecked and unregulated.

Knelman befriends the slippery Paul, a skilled art thief, and Donald Hrycyk, who works on a shoestring budget in downtown L.A. to recover stolen art. Through alternating chapters focusing on Paul and Don, the story of a thief and a detective unfolds, in the process revealing the dramatic rise of international art theft. And in a surprise ending, Knelman learns that corruption can appear in the unlikeliest places.

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About the author (2011)

Josh Knelman is an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts.ca, the National Post, Quill & Quire, and the Globe & Mail. Knelman's feature article "Artful Crimes" in The Walrus won Canada's National Magazine Awards for Arts and Entertainment. Knelman is also the fiction editor of Four Letter Word: A Collection of Fictional Love Letters, which has sold in over ten territories worldwide.

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