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August 22, 2012

Today's Featured Title and Contest August 22, 2012
This Special Newsletter spotlights a book coming out this fall. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Daily Contest by Thursday, August 23rd at 11:59AM ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!
Our Final Featured Book and Contest: THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro

Almost 25 years after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s infamous art heist --- still the largest unsolved art theft in history --- one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist named Claire Roth. Claire, whose reputation has been tarnished by scandal and who now makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer, has entered into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece --- the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for 100 years --- may itself be a forgery.

As Claire searches for the truth about the painting’s origins, she finds herself in a desperate race through a labyrinth of trapdoors, dead ends and deceit, where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can save her from incrimination. Blending art history with passions of the heart, B.A. Shapiro allows us to smell the oil paint, see the brush strokes, feel the artist’s ambition and the collector’s fanaticism. As she explores the ingenious techniques of forgery and reimagines historical relationships, she reveals both the beauty of the artist’s vision and the ugliness the desire for great art can unleash.

THE ART FORGER is a thrilling novel about seeing --- and not seeing --- the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

will be available in hardcover on October 23rd.

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