The Gardner Heist

The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads - and a $5 million reward - none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.

A Bustle Pick for Mystery Lovers Who Don't Want to Read about Murder.

©2018 Ulrich Boser (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved it!

I finished this in 2 days! The story combined with the performance leaves the impression more of a film than a book recounting an art heist and its ramifications. I went into this knowing the art still hadn't been recovered and it didn't affect my interest one bit. I found myself secretly hoping Ulrich Boser would find the works (irrationally) and was sorry to come to the end of his story. His personal insights and self-reflections really serve to raise the stakes for the reader. Boser pays homage to investigator Harold Smith by consistently weaving in dialogue he had with the now deceased detective while he was alive and still pursuing the case, resulting in a portrait of Smith whose presence is felt throughout the book. The unexpected twists and turns near the conclusion were fascinating- truth is most certainly stranger than fiction!