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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Charney Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rome: In the small church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night.

Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, the curator is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society’s great treasure, White on White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.

London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum’s newest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for £6.3 million.

Three apparently unrelated art thefts have more in common than anyone imagines. As a renowned art investigator, a police inspector, and a Scotland Yard inspector take up their separate investigations, a trail of bizarre clues and intellectual puzzles reveals forgeries, over-paintings, and double crosses in an ever-deepening conspiracy.

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  • “A sprawling tapestry of deceit, honor, love, and triumph...this book will entertain you from the first page to the last.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Hilarious! Delicious! This deftly plotted mystery is filled with art and French food and delightful heroines and heroes…Simon Vance uses rich accents to create a believable Gallic atmosphere as he ‘ooo-la-las!’ his way through a series of gastronomic adventures, making listeners’ mouths water at the same time that their sides ache with laughter.”

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  • “Charney crafts an intellectual masterpiece in this work that sweeps through three of the worlds most art-filled cities. This novel is a witty, fast-paced page-turner full of artistic symbolism and insider knowledge about legendary art thefts, forgeries, and secret engravings.”

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  • “Debut author Noah Charney enjoys a unique vantage point from which to spin his tale of art-world intrigue...Charney is a real-life version of his novel's hero Gabriel Coffin...A mixture of inside information on the art market and lively art history (including four actual lectures, all of them brilliantly devised) brings the novel very close to nonfiction territory.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pippin | 2/14/2014

    " engaging story, but the wrap-up was bewildering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 2/12/2014

    " I found this book sort of disjointed and confusing. It switched story lines and and characters each chapter or sometimes within each chapter. They all come together at the end, but I stayed up late to read it and was tired as a result. I just couldn't follow the twisting plot. I'm still not sure who ended up with which painting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 2/9/2014

    " the book was "meh", by the end I didn't really care who'd done it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krob | 2/7/2014

    " Books about art seem to be in vogue, and this one was better than average. It is about a complicated caper involving several different scenarios. At times it was a little hard to follow all of the various characters and locations, but I did enjoy the clever plot. "

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About the Author

Noah Charney holds degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute and Cambridge University, and he has created the academic field of the history of art theft. He is the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), the first international think tank on art crime whose board of trustees includes the respective art squad heads of the FBI, Carabinieri, and Scotland Yard, as well as renowned museum, art world, and criminology specialists.