The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - True Crime - 272 pages
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“Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.”— Vanity Fair

One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld: the riveting story of the 1990 Gardner Museum robbery, the largest unsolved art theft in history. Perfect for fans of the Netflix series This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist!

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, hundreds of interviews, and a $5 million reward, not a single painting has been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become the Holy Grail of the art world and their theft one of the nation’s most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

Art detective Harold Smith worked the theft for years, and after his death, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to pick up where he left off. Traveling deep into the art underworld, Boser explores Smith’s unfinished leads and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock ‘n’ roll art thief and a golden-boy gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse. 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  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

This provides an overview of what happened the night of March 18, 1990 regarding the infamous heist at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the legwork that has taken place since (up to ... Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

a little too long but quite interesting. i didn't know there were so many robberies from museums. enforced my negative feelings about the ira and i am of irish catholic heritage. 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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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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