The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist

The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft

Large Print - 2009
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One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld--this account tells the true story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces and the art detectives who swore to get them back. bw illustrations throughout.
Publisher: Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410415677
1410415678
Branch Call Number: 364.162 B651g 2009
Characteristics: 451 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm

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staineai
Oct 24, 2017

This reads like a real crime novel with all of the twists and turns and cliffhangers! It's a fun read but I wish that the final chapter was the author's opinion of what has happened to the paintings. I know that they are still lost and therefore the book is destined for a disappointing ending but a little speculation could leave the readers with some sense of closure. As it stands you are just left a little sad and wanting a whole lot more.

AL_HANNAH Jan 05, 2017

I was fascinated by the ever-present genius combination of minds.

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EmilyEm
Oct 07, 2015

The author's search for these paintings and his conclusion that for the thieves the heist was much more the thrill than anything about the artwork.
My visits to the Gardner always were more about the Impressionists. Did I even wander through the Dutch Room? Fact of the day. Rembrandt is his first name, not his surname!

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 22, 2014

This book is very convoluted, as is the story of the Gardner heist itself. Harold Smith thought he was close to solving it; after his death Smith's family gave Boser access to his research, and multiple times, Boser thought he was close to solving it. Yet almost 25 years after the heist, the empty places on the wall remain just as empty. The leads led to poor security at the Gardner itself, corrupt Boston cops and art dealers, drug dealers and the IRA. Boser became as obsessed by the case as Smith had been, but when his second child was born, and his life was being threatened, he finally realized he needed a normal life, and gave up the chase. For me, too, the chase, fascinating at the beginning, had become tainted. The book held me in its thrall. It didn't get five stars because its intricacy made it hard to follow at times.

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psknit
Sep 24, 2011

I stayed up late to read this book, which reads like a mystery novel! It is truly a shame that these wonderful pieces have never been recovered!

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