By Stephen Kurkjian
The definitive tale of the best artwork robbery in history.
In a mystery assembly in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave occupation gangster Ralph Rossetti the top of an entire life: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was once an immense ranking ready to take place. although its collections incorporated necessary artistic endeavors by way of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its safeguard was once affordable, mismanaged, and old-fashioned. And now, it appeared, the entire Boston felony underworld knew it.
Nearly a decade handed prior to the Museum museum used to be ultimately hit. but if it eventually occurred, the robbery speedy turned some of the most notorious paintings heists in historical past: 13 artworks worth as much as $500 million, by means of essentially the most well-known artists on the earth, have been taken. The Boston FBI took keep watch over of the research, yet twenty-five years later the case continues to be unsolved and the paintings remains to be missing.
Stephen Kurkjian, one of many most sensible investigative newshounds within the nation, has been operating this situation for over approximately two decades. In grasp Thieves, he sheds new gentle on a few of the Gardner’s so much abiding mysteries. Why might an individual thieve those work, merely to go away them hidden for twenty-five years? And why, if one of many best crime bosses within the urban knew approximately this ranking in 1981, did the robbery occur in 1990? What occurred in these intervening years? And what may all this need to do with Boston’s infamous gang wars of the 1980s?
Kurkjian’s reporting is already answerable for a number of the largest breaks during this tale, together with a meticulous reconstruction of what occurred on the Museum museum that fateful evening. Now grasp Thieves will exhibit the identities of these he believes plotted the heist, the rationale for the crime, and the main points that the FBI has refused to debate. Taking you on a trip deep into the gangs of Boston, Kurkjian emerges with the main entire and compelling model of this tale ever advised.