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.

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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