Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton
A Mystery

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The pacing is superb, making us hope, in spite of all we know, that the Marquis Eduardo de Valfierno and his charming gang of art thieves actually do manage to pull it off. Carson Morton is, quite frankly, a masterful storyteller.
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A Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011 Fiction and a Library Journal Best Mystery of 2011


What happens when you mix a Parisian street orphan, a hot-tempered Spanish forger, a beautiful American pickpocket, an unloved wife, and one priceless painting?

The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau rich--they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind--Paris. There he assembles his team of con artists for their final and most ambitious theft, one that will enable them to leave the game forever: The Mona Lisa.


But when a member of the team turns up missing, and Mr. Hart shows up in Paris, Valfierno and his crew must stay one step ahead of a relentless police inspector, endure a devastating flood, and conquer their own doubts to keep the priceless painting in play--and survive.


Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and published on the 100th anniversary of the crime, Stealing Mona Lisa is a sophisticated, engaging caper, complete with a richly imagined group of con artists and a historical mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.


Stealing Mona Lisa is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011

 

About Carson Morton

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CARSON MORTON was born in London, England and moved with his family to the United States when he was eleven. He worked as a professional musician for many years, making an album for United Artists Records with his group Razmataz, and playing with the likes of John Sebastian, Billy Preston, and many others. He is a screenwriter and published playwright, and has worked in television as a consultant and composer. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 351 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jeremy McGuire Jeremy McGuire on May 01 2017

The pacing is superb, making us hope, in spite of all we know, that the Marquis Eduardo de Valfierno and his charming gang of art thieves actually do manage to pull it off. Carson Morton is, quite frankly, a masterful storyteller.

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