Isabella Stewart Gardner: 5 books about the world's most audacious art theft

These five books – fiction and nonfiction – share a connection to the notorious March 18, 1990, theft of 13 masterworks from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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3. "The Art Forger," by B.A. Shapiro

Boston writing professor B.A. Shapiro says her novel The Art Forger sprang from a personal obsession with Isabella Stewart Gardner and the dramatic theft from the museum that bears her name. In Shapiro's novel young artist Claire Roth is persuaded to create a forged version of the Degas painting stolen from the Gardner – only to have the missing canvas turn up in her studio. Shapiro has put together a compelling Gardner-based story that USA Today called "the real thing" in its review last year.

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