Book Reviews,  Europe,  FICTION,  Mystery

The Art Thief by Noah Charney ** (of 4)

Mildly entertaining. A Caravaggio is stolen from a baroque church in Italy. A 20th century painting is taken from the Kazimir Melevich Society in Paris. The London musuem loses its newly acquired masterpiece. The characters are stock: an overweight French detective, a down in the dumps British detective, glamourous art dealers, wealthy British gentry, clueless American collectors. The plot has more twists than a mountain road and the culprit is obvious early on. The book is at its best when it explains art history and the world of high-rolling collectors. August 2008.