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

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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.


  • Publisher:    Harper Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (March 16, 2010) 
  • Language:    English 
  • Paperback:    260 pages 
  • Item Weight:    7.5 ounces 
  • Dimensions:    5.31 x 0.61 x 8 inches