The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist

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

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York, NY : Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061451836
Branch Call Number: 364.1628 Bos
Characteristics: 260 p., [8] p. of col. plates : ill. (some col.)


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Nov 15, 2018

I devoured this book, an investigation into the still-unsolved theft of several priceless works of art from the Gardner Museum in 1990, in just a few days. The author does a great job of tracking the many twists and turns in the case, as well as demonstrating how the heist has had such an impact on art lovers and art novices alike. A fast-paced, entertaining read.

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.

ArapahoeHannah Jan 05, 2017

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

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!

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.

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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