Review: The Art Forger

The Art Forger: A Novel by B.A. Shapiro
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill a division of Workman Publishing, 2012

Book Description (from
Release date: May 21, 2013

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery.The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.–This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

My Review – 5 Stars

I enjoyed this contemporary, fictional story based on the famous 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.  Even though the main character, Claire (Bear) Roth, makes some bad choices, the author B.A. Shapiro’s writing style is light and fun.  Claire’s nonchalant attitude toward her decisions can be exasperating and at the same time amusing.  The Art Forger kept my interest and was entertaining.  I quickly read it over the course of two days.  So, I would recommend this as a great summer read.

The actual whereabouts of the stolen art work to this day is unknown and is an intriguing mystery.

I decided to purchase this book after reading two great reviews, one by Laura @ Library of Clean Reads and the other by Kathy @  BermudaOnion’s Web Log.

This trailer from B.A. Shapiro’s website provides extra background information:

7 thoughts on “Review: The Art Forger”

  1. I’ll have to put this on my list. I tend to enjoy stories set in the art world even though I don’t have a lick of talent myself.


  2. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! The whole premise of the story was so good. Also, thanks for mentioning my blog. It’s so rewarding to know that you enjoy my reviews.


  3. Pat thanks for sharing this book. I finished it recently and really enjoyed the story. Love your blog!!!


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