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Publisher's Summary

Rome: In the small Baroque 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 pounds.

Three apparently unrelated art thefts in three separate cities 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.

©2007 Noah Charney (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Charney constructs an intricate web of crime, bolstering a sensational plot with well-crafted characters and extensive research. Eventful and exciting, The Art Thief is an enthralling novel." (Vernon Rapley, head of the Art & Antiques Unit, New Scotland Yard)

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  • Caelan B.
  • New Albany, IN, United States
  • 08-16-16

What a listen!

Where does The Art Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have to rank this high on my list of great audiobooks. The reading was superb and the story excellent.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This story is full of twists and turns, crosses, double crosses and triple crosses. I never knew what to expect from one moment to the next.

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

The reader really brings out the humor in the book. I started with the print version, and it was only after I switched to the audio after chapter 3 that I realized how much I had been missing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What can you believe?

Any additional comments?

I frequently have trouble following audiobooks. This one was easy and renewed my interest in them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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lots of fun, and fun characters

While this book is not high art by any stretch, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. There were parts that were a bit weak or pedantic, but for the most part, it was quite enjoyable. I laughed quite a few times and there are wonderful turns-of-phrase throughout. The characters are characters in more than one sense of the word.
Enjoy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Let some else steal this one

The idea is exciting but the plot and characters are hard to follow in audio format. Clearly the author is knowledgable in art but not so cleaver at book writing.

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Sophisticated entertainment

I’ve listened to this book at least 3 times. It’s so rich with humor and the machinations of the art world. And the characters are delightfully fleshed out and entertaining.

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  • Richard
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 10-30-16

Clever but Convoluted

A good mystery is one with a good measure of surprise without coming from left field. The story was clever and mostly well constructed but parts were a bit forced. Some characters were well crafted but others were a bit flat. Despite the flaws, it is well worth the time. The narrator was spectacular.