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The Art Forger | [B. A. Shapiro]

The Art Forger

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 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.
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Publisher's Summary

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 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

©2012 Barbara Shapiro (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story." (Tom Perrotta)

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-24-12
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-24-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Sometimes Reads Like Chic-Lit"

    The story line is excellent and original - but I mostly napped or fast-forwarded through the Part 1, and the action doesn't really start until Part 2. I usually yawn through interludes where old correspondence is read when such letter-reading interludes are employed merely to add texture. In this case, I became tired of listening to Ms. Gardner's shopping escapades and travels with brand name artists and art critics and I didn't think it mattered to hear about the details of Degas life as seen by someone who knew him. Other readers might love this, so it's just one of my proclivities, or negativities, as the case may be.

    There are some sexual diversions, which are brief and succinct, thankfully, because this is not chic-fic, but there are also some passages which are outright pollyanna-ish - there could have been a better way to expand on the moments that the protagonist is finally becoming successful, instead of having her sound like Dorothy clicking her heels, "not in Kansas" any more.

    I also think that including sex and romance with the "deal with the devil" is predictable and overdone, but perhaps that helps sell books and to fund the ongoing flow of audiobooks for our consumption and enjoyment, who can figure, except editors and marketing gurus.

    The writer masters the true-crime parts of the story effectively, mixing the facts of the actual art heist smoothly with fictional inventions and story arc.

    I generally like Xe Sands as a narrator - but for this book I thought she sounded too girlish and neither ironic nor "noir" enough for this story. Her voice occasionally gives an innocence, sensuality and enthusiasm which I didn't think worked with the plot line.

    I am giving this a 4 instead of a 5 because of the disconnect between story and reader. I wish I could give it a 4.5, because said disconnect is not a huge factor and only occasionally affected my listening groove.

    28 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-26-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Five Star Art/Crime Story!"

    This is a truly GOOD story. It meshed the intricate details of art, art history, crime and criminal history in a magnificently interesting manner. It reads as a plausible, ego-driven series of events in the familiar city of Boston. There was nothing I didn't like about this book, although I can understand why some complain about the narrator. Her ability to inflect male voices is somewhat poor. Nevertheless, I had no complaints and throughly enjoyed the narration and the story; which by the way, had a plausible ending as well. Very satisfying listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 06-27-14
    Pamela 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captiviting"
    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    The story was well written and the characters were well developed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-09-14
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    "This is a great start for Wispersync."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for anyone who wants a good thriller mystery


    What other book might you compare The Art Forger to and why?

    In a class by its self.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    I truly loved her delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    Once i started this book I couldn't stop until it was finished. I went back a forth between Audio and kindle the whole time. I look forward to the next one of her novels that make it to Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth New Britain, CT, United States 04-18-14
    Elizabeth New Britain, CT, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"

    The story and characters were compelling. The narration was perfect. I really lost myself listening to this one. I had to stay up late to find out what happened next. I wish I could find more by this author now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    myz 02-02-13
    myz 02-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Narrator spoils the story"

    The story might be okay, though the protagonist, Claire, comes across as enormously whiny and self-centered, I might have listened to it till the end, had the narrator not be so awful. She does all the voices in the same snooty-sounding, bored drone, as if she is stoned or half asleep. I don't like to criticize, but it just is not a voice I personally found very pleasant. I just couldn't care about the characters because they were so bland and self-obsessed, it seemed to me.Maybe I would have liked the print version better, because the premise of the story has a lot of potential, but in the audiobook, I was very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi M. Mckenna Newington, CT 01-07-13
    Trudi M. Mckenna Newington, CT 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "An Interwoven mystery"
    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    The various dimensions of the story and the many pieces of the puzzle from different time periods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art Forger?

    The resolution to the puzzle and the surprise of the relationship twister in the end.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great command of the various languages and characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it held my attention and kept me wanting more in the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Moreton Brisbane, Australia 07-17-13
    S. Moreton Brisbane, Australia 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This chick needs a good slap!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story wasn't bad but the female character was a pain in the butt. Better as a book than an audiobook because then you could skip her useless whining ways.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The art bits were good, anything where we didn't have to deal with the female character was fine.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Xe Sands?

    I didn't mind the narration, it was what was being narrated that was the issue.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art Forger?

    All the hysterics


    Any additional comments?

    A good story spoilt by a totally impossible character. I won't be buying another book by this author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-04-13
    Anne 04-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Art Forger"

    The story of an artist's passion and the history of the art world were entertaining and engaging. Sadly, there really wasn't enough character development for me to care all that much about what happened to the people in the story. The two leads don't seem to have much in common and Claire comes across as emotionally stunted. The slow, breathy, whiney narration does NOT help with this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Granville M. Sawyer 04-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The Art Forger is authentic!"

    Great performance of an intriguing story about so many aspects of the art world. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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