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Priceless by Robert K. Wittman
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Jul 22, 11


The author weaves together his personal biography, thoughts on the FBI in general, and some of his crime investigations all into one. I think this was the main reason why I found myself skipping chunks of this book. I was only interested in the investigations and the stories surrounding them.

The book did highlight some things of interest, among them -- the art is not always terribly difficult to steal, but very difficult to sell. Those who want it either have to claim that a) It's not a real Rembrandt (but then why have it if you can't flaunt it?), or b) It's real, and I just happened to find it in my attic, or something like that, and so am selling it at this vastly reduced rate. Stolen art always sells on the Black Market for vastly less than one could get in the legitimate world, but attracts too much attention, which criminals generally don't like. Hence, the Catch-22 nature of art theft.
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