Lee, Wendy,The Art of Confidence. (November 2016) (ISBN: 978-1617734892). A fictional take on art fraud, The Art of Confidence centers around a Chinese immigrant painter named Liu Qingwu who is coerced into creating a forgery of version of a well-known modernist masterpiece. With echoes of the real-life forger Pei-Shen Qian, the book tries to examine the multiple and overlapping factors that lead the art world to produce fakes. Available for purchase here.
Parker, Patrick, Treasures of the Fourth Reich: A Novel of Suspense (March 2014) (ISBN: 978-1495466618). “In 1993 Maria Connor, an art expert from Panama and her husband, retired Lieutenant Colonel Dix Connor, are quietly pursuing their careers in Italy when Maria becomes fascinated with the tales of lost Nazi plunder.” Available for purchase here.
Silva, Daniel, The Heist: A Novel (July 2014) (ISBN: 978-0062320056). “Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.” Available for purchase here.
Smith, Dominic, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos: A Novel (April 2016) (ISBN:978-0374106683). A rare seventeenth-century landscape by the first woman admitted as a master painter links three lives, on three continents, over three centuries in Dominic Smith’s new novel.