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Stealing The Scream

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In 2004, masked thieves stole Edvard Munch's “The Scream” from an Oslo museum. Norwegian police recovered the painting two years later but never explained how or where they had found it. Stealing The Scream examines/re-imagines the event, offering a tantalizing account of what happened through fictional characters, Percival Davenport, an artist whose obsession with Munch l ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published September 15th 2019 by Run Amok Books
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Danni (_forbookssake)
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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*4.5 star, but rounding up*

Percival Davenport was a successful CEO, but when he decides to retire, he soon realises how much of a struggle life can be when you don’t have anything to do with your time. Percival, who once did a minor art degree, finds his escape through art and painting.

This escape through art leads him to an unhealthy obsession, particularly with Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. But will Percival’s obsession lead to his own self-destruction?

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Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book through LibraryThing. Thank you!

What happens when a CEO who has spent his whole life focusing on mastering and conquering the business world finally retires? He throws himself fully into his new hobby! Percival finally decides to step down. With his marriage over, he has to find something to do with all the time now on his hands. His house manager, Lucinda, helps him rediscover an old interest in art. Percival devotes himself obsessively to learning all the Master'
Erin Dale
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks so much to #netgalley and #runamokbooks for letting me read and review #stealingthescream by @theodorecarter2. This book kept me reading long past my bedtime and I couldn’t wait to finish to see what happened. About a grumpy old retired CEO that is beyond bored in his retirement and takes up painting as a hobby. Being that he has to excel at everything he does, painting is his new 9:00 to 5:00 job. He then gets a brilliant but kind of twisted idea to take his painting hobby to a new and d ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this from for a review.

In 2004, masked thieves stole Edvard Munch's “The Scream” from an Oslo museum. Norwegian police recovered the painting two years later but never explained how or where they had found it.

An okay mystery but struggled to keep my attention, ended up skimming the last few chapters.

A_Place_In The_Orchard
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the world of art - buying, selling, and (spoiler alert] making unofficial donations to the greatest galleries in the world. Loved the main character, who may have been Percival (retired company bigwig who takes up painting for a hobby), and may have been Lucinda (ex-Broadway actress now working as Percival's "house manager)... or even Red (industrial espionage expert, who finds himself working in a very different world indeed). Either way, all were well-rounde ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you enjoyed "The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared‎" you will love this. I know I did!

The characters were well developed and it was interesting to see more of their personalities revealed as their situations became more unusual. Despite the absurd twists and turns in the plot, the author made me feel like they were perfectly normal events. This added to the humorous nature of t
Olga Miret
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thank the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
I had a ball reading this book. This is one of those books that are fun to read (even if you think you know where things are headed, you still want to read all the nitty-gritty details and end up discovering that things can go in unexpected directions), and are also great fun to tell others about. Because the plot of the book is both out-there and plausible at the same time, it’s impossible not to keep
Katie Tucker
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really fun book! I enjoyed the characters and felt genuinely invested in what happened to them. The storyline felt fresh and surprising. A fun and quick read!
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of Stealing the Scream through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Stealing the Scream by Theodore Carter blends fact and fiction in this thrilling tale of the infamous art heist; the moment the Scream by Edvard Munch was stolen. And how it mysteriously appeared once again.
Have you ever wondered what happened, the night the Scream was stolen? Or the motivations behind our thieves? What about the reason for it returning? Well, clearly Theodore Carter has wonde
Louise Emerson
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A strange but intriguing book.

Percival Daveport was a successful CEO. However he struggle to fill his time when he took retirement. So what do you when you retire? You paint. Percival years ago did a minor art degree and began a fascination with the art.

Looking at his art, Percival wondered what if he could get his work into the big galleries. Calling on a thief called Red to help him do the job. Just how is Percival planning to get his painting into these popular, famous art galleries across th
Thomas Kelley
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first requested this book I thought it was a factual based book on Munch's painting "The Scream" and in reality it is a fiction based version but none the less it is a good read. Percival Davenport who becomes the former CEO of Diacom. The main character is someone who has always been one who is driven to accomplish task and who has had a daily full schedule who also happens to be well off to the point of having a live in assistant and a full time chef. Percival newly retired needs somewa ...more
Ai Miller
I will say right off the bat that I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I am grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book.

This book was sort of intriguing, and there is a lot of kind of interesting art information in it. The plot itself sort of spirals out a little bit, and I think the main character was someone I wasn't sure what to do with--was I supposed to sympathize with Percival? Hate him? Understand he was complex? (I'm not
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
CEO Percival Davenport decides to retire and finds himself wondering what to do with his life. He turns back to his art history days and dives into being an artist with both feet. His painting lessons improve his technique and before long he is painting like a professional. Percival holds a show but the critics call his work good but more the style of a copyist than and originalist. He decides to prove them wrong and hires someone to break into famous museums and hang his paintings in their gall ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author has used the theft of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting as the basis for his story. He has then created and wrapped a fictionalised story around it, and what a great story it is too!

Starting with the theft of the painting in 2004, the author than goes back in tie 2001. From then he gradually introduces the reader to Percival Deavenport, a soon to retire CEO who, with plenty of tie and money on his hands decides to return to his love of painting. This provides a link to the art world and
Aaron Jacobs
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An insightful, speculative novel, told in crystal clear prose, Stealing The Scream envisions a scarily plausible scenario behind the 2004 art heist of Edvard Munch's masterpiece. Inventive, creative, and thoroughly enjoyable. ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available on September 15th.

This book had a fascinating premise. The Scream has actually been stolen not once, but twice. True story! Having an entirely fictitious narrative woven around the little that we know about the 2004 theft is an awesome idea.

Let me first talk about the positive aspects of this book. Percival Davenport was a fascinating character. Having retired, he goes through a peri
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an art-heist crime novel, a genre unto itself. It's not a thriller and not a mystery. It's not Howard's End, so the reader is not meant to feel great empathy or disdain for the characters; it's not supposed to inspire or disturb, or touch readers deep down in some inexplicable literary way. It is meant to detail--to demonstrate--in a plausible way how said heist was pulled off, despite and against seemingly insurmountable odds. This book does that. And it's amusing as hell, to boot. For ...more
Heather Bennett
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stealing The Scream has a good storyline and interesting characters. If they would fix the errors in this book before publishing then it would be a great book.
Kay Mcleer
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty fun book, I love what if books or when an author imagines a unsolved mysteries solution. Overall I really enjoyed reading this one, it was fun and clever.
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Theodore Carter is the author of The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance (Queens Ferry Press, 2012), Frida Kahlo Sex Dreams and Other Unnerving Disruptions, and Stealing ‘The Scream’ (Run Amok Books, 2019).

His fiction runs the gamut from humor, to literary fiction, to horror. He’s appeared in several magazines and anthologies including The North American Review, Pank,

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