'The Art Forger' by Barbara Shapiro

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club April selection

The Art Forger bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m., for a discussion of The Art Forger, fiction inspired by the still unsolved 1990 theft of art estimated at a value of $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Claire Roth, an artist who makes her living reproducing famous works of art, enters into a Faustian bargain to forge a Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in a renowned gallery. As she works, she begins to suspect that the long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery and her research may be the only evidence that can save her from incrimination. The author explores the techniques of forgery and reimagines historical relationships, revealing the beauty of an artist's vision and the ugliness the desire for great art can unleash.

You can read about the actual theft on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's website.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets, NW.