Monday, October 19, 2020

Seven great art heist novels

Carol Orange has worked in the art world for more than twenty years. She began as a research editor on art books in London and later became an art dealer in Boston. She lived in Paris for two years, where she researched George Sand's life and writing. Her short story "Delicious Dates" was included in Warren Adler's 2010 short story anthology. Another story, "Close Call," appeared in the Atherton Review. She currently lives in Chicago near her daughter and her family.

A Discerning Eye is her first book.

At CrimeReads, Orange tagged seven great art heist novels, including:
Ian Rankin, Doors Open

Ian Rankin, the Scottish mystery writer, may be most widely celebrated for his 25 dark novels featuring Inspector John Rebus, but his playful side erupts in his standalone novel Doors Open (published in 2008). The story begins in an Edinburgh art auction where three friends reconnect. Mike Mackenzie made a fortune with his software company and is retired and now bored. Robert Gissing is an art professor who is miffed by the fact that so many pieces of art are hidden away in private collections, unavailable to the general public. Alan Cruickshank is a successful banker with a taste for art that he can’t afford. Gissing suggests that it would be enormous fun to “liberate” a few priceless works of art from the National Gallery’s storage warehouse. Mackenzie’s old high school mate turned local crime boss is brought into the scheme and the game is on.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue