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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: B. A. Shapiro Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Classy and pleasurably suspenseful…An entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery in which Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “By page two of this novel, the reader is fully engrossed into the world of struggling artist Claire Roth, nicknamed “The Great Pretender” who copies famous paintings for a website called Reproductions.com…A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups.”

    Library Journal

  • “Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance…Convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Precise and exciting…Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth, and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2013 New England Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/20/2014

    " The Art Forger is a fascinating book about a woman who copies masterpieces for a living. She is asked to copy a Degas painting and then gets involved in a web of lies relating to the famous art theft at the Gardner museum in Boston. One can get bogged down in a lot of details relating to how a copy is forged and also a lot of art history. At times, I got frustrated with how slowly the book was moving, but in the end it was a good read and also a very good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/12/2014

    " I wasn't going to review this book because I thought it was a no-brainer. But, I have changed my mind. My thoughts go back to passages in this novel that continue to inform my appreciation of art. Like how the young woman who is an actual art forger, notices the technique of the young men in "juvy" to whom she teaches art. Her observations among these juvenile offenders help her solve an art mystery that has led to the incarceration of a prestigious gallery owner, who is also her lover. There is much art history in this easily read book and that is an extra bonus. And, I guess I would characterize this effort by Barbara Shapiro as a mystery. I am a huge mystery afficianado, so although I don't think this is a GREAT book, it kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra Morris | 2/5/2014

    " A great read; I learned so much about Degas and about forgery. The main character, was someone you could identify with and root for. "

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About the Author

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at Northeastern University.