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The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser
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Apr 04, 2011

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I enjoyed reading this book since it is a Boston museum and therefore a local story. I thought the author (a journalist who did his own search for the missing paintings) did a fantastic job with the first half of the book. I loved reading him talk about art and its effect on people. I loved learning more about the art world and the people who love it. I loved his background information on Isabel Gardner and definitely put a few books about her on my ever growing list of things to read. I thought his description of the original insurance detective was fascinating and compelling. The second half of the book where he detailed the search for the paintings, the leads and the dead ends was kind of dry and less interesting to me. Perhaps that is just because I know how it ended. I know the frames of those missing paintings still hang empty in the Gardner museum.

I can't wait to take me kids.

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