The Art Forger Claire Roth, a pariah of the Boston art scene, pays her bills by reproducing paintings by famous artists. When a handsome gallery owner enlists her… The Art Forger Claire Roth, a pariah of the Boston art scene, pays her bills by reproducing paintings by famous artists. When a handsome gallery owner enlists her… 2012-10-23 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Algonquin Books
Book Review

The Art Forger (2012)

ARTISTIC FREEDOM At times rushed, the plot revolves around an art scheme gone awry
ARTISTIC FREEDOM At times rushed, the plot revolves around an art scheme gone awry
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 23, 2012; Writer: B.A. Shapiro; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Algonquin Books

Claire Roth, a pariah of the Boston art scene, pays her bills by reproducing paintings by famous artists. When a handsome gallery owner enlists her in a scheme to forge a stolen Degas masterpiece, Claire sees a chance to jump-start her career. But the plan goes awry, and she must delve into a long-unsolved art heist — studying old paintings, sketchbooks, and journals — to clear her name. Shapiro's plot seems rushed at times. Still, she's done meticulous research and has such interesting things to say about authenticity — in both art and love — that her novel The Art Forger becomes not just emotionally involving but addictive. B+

Originally posted Oct 17, 2012 Published in issue #1230 Oct 26, 2012 Order article reprints