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

 

“The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft,” The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “A tantalizing whodunit” (Boston Globe) and a “riveting, wonderfully vivid account [that] takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, and thieves” (Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting), The Gardner Heist is true crime history at its most spellbinding.

 

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

As a self proclaimed amateur art lover, this book was captivating and disturbing all at the same time. The well researched, true story of the art theft at the Gardner Museum in Boston. This book made me put the location on my list of “must visit” places. Read full review

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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

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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