“Who knew it was so easy to steal art?
Only one thing kept me from giving this 5 stars, was there was a part near the end that made absolutely no sense to me..... The part about Isabella Stewart Gardner & her museum.....
So there is this estate in Ireland: Russborough, at the time of the theft it was owned by Sir Alfred & Lady Beit (from England).... and in that estate is billions of dollars worth of art & paintings which have been stolen & recovered not once, but twice.
This book is about those stolen paintings, the thief, & the art recovery team. It also talks about how stolen art is used for collateral to purchase drugs & munitions, and is recycled to be used for collateral again. One of the ways to ascertain value is unwittingly done for the criminals by the police & newspapers. When a major piece of art is stolen, the police will assess the value, and the newspapers will usually place a photograph of the work, history and value of the piece, thus giving providence of the piece of art.
I found this book to be very interesting and well written. It wasn't too long or involved and it held my interest. Originally I picked it for the relay tag: Ireland, but it fell short by 30 pages..... but because it was interesting I set it aside to read later.”