Hot Art

Hot Art

Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art

Book - 2012
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"Hot Art traces Joshua Knelman's five-year immersion in the shadowy world of art theft, which takes him from Egypt to Los Angeles, New York to London, and back again, through a web of deceit, violence, and corruption. With a cool, knowing eye, Knelman delves into the lives of professionals such as Paul, a brilliant working-class kid who charmed his way into a thriving career organizing art thefts and running loot across the United Kingdom and beyond, and LAPD detective Donald Hrycyk, one of the few special investigators worldwide who struggle to keep pace with the evolving industry of stolen art. As he becomes more and more immersed in this world, Knelman learns that art theft is no fringe activity--it has evolved into one of the largest black markets in the world, which even Interpol and the FBI cannot contain. Sweeping and fast-paced, Hot Art is a major work of investigative journalism and a thrilling joyride into a mysterious criminal world"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781935639381
Branch Call Number: 364.1628 Knel
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm


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ser_library Oct 13, 2012

colloquial style; broader analysis would have improved the book

howardpoole Jul 21, 2012

Well written and easy to follow. This was a real eye opener- a subject I had never thought about before

Nov 07, 2011

Quite the rollicking non-fiction book! I can't stop talking about it and now have a very strong urge to book a flight to a city with a large art scene and just look at everything.

Very though provoking on stolen cultural property in general.

Oct 24, 2011

Excellent content and an extremely interesting look into the work of art and art theft.

Art is being treated as a commodity and people are stealing it to pay for drugs or other debts, while organized crime is using it to launder (EXTREMELY successfully) drug money/illicit funds. Knelman delves into the world of art theft and speaks with people on both sides of the law and around the world. They are all saying the same thing: art theft is on the rise, values are increasing, but the amount of time/resources put into investigating these crimes is extremely minimal.

Content was certainly an eye-opener and Knelman makes a good case for investing in art. At least you'd get to enjoy looking at it while it appreciates instead of watching your mutual funds and GICs constantly go down in value.


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