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

by: Ulrich Boser


Goodreads Description:

“The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft,” The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “A tantalizing whodunit” (Boston Globe) and a “riveting, wonderfully vivid account [that] takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, and thieves” (Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting), The Gardner Heist is true crime history at its most spellbinding. 

Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓

I listened on Audible and it was very similar to listening to a riveting podcast. Fascinating- it really sucked you in! There were a lot of theories of who was behind the heist…many oddball criminals were questioned and signs even pointed to mob boss Whitey Bulger…It is still a mystery though. This was definitely my favorite read of the month!

p.s. For those of you that read The Personal Librarian, there was a segment dedicated to Berenson (the love interest of Belle De Costa Greene).

Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is truly one of my favorite art museums – it is a beautiful Italian piazza in the middle of Boston, one of my favorite cities. Everything about it is lovely, and the blank spaces on the wall from which the painting were removed are haunting. The world’s largest art heist and an unsolved crime – makes for fascinating reading. My favorite parts of the book did not deal with crime solving or potential suspects (some very creepy characters), but with the history of the amazing art and other art robberies throughout history. I recommend this one!

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