Six Books on Art Theft That Will Steal You Away


Art forgery/theft is a captivating and intriguing baseline for storytelling—at once thrilling, intriguing and captivating the audience with the priceless cultural weight of the items being stolen. Whether it’s a cat-and-mouse chase between thief and investigator or the unveiling of the dark underbelly of the art world, make sure to check out one of these great novels of art theft!


773 PagesThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Though it’s a hefty tome, The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing read about a young, newly-orphaned boy in New York City who must navigate through a frighteningly novel and lonely world—as well as one delving into the art that opens up to him through the small, mysterious painting that his mother left behind.




LIAR'S KEY 9780778319115_proofLiar’s Key by Carla Neggers

Join FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as they get sucked into a deadly chase to track down a killer that may take them back to the beginning of a decade-long hunt for an unrepentant English art thief.




Cover_The Girl You Left BehindThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words … and the painted portrait of Sophie Lefevre has a lot to say, especially of the subject’s dark and torrid history that may make all the difference, a century later, to another woman in similar shoes.




Cover_The Rembrandt AffairThe Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

A murder. A stolen Rembrandt portrait. The unparalleled master art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon. Need I say more?





Cover_The Art ForgerThe Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The Art Forger focuses on the real-life occurrence of the Gardner Heist of 1990 and offers a fictional take on what may have happened to the thirteen works of art that remain unrecovered to this day.




Cover_HeadhuntersHeadhunters by Jo Nesbø

When Roger Brown, a corporate headhunter who moonlights as an art thief, breaks into an apartment expecting to find a priceless Rubens painting that’s been lost for decades, he has no idea that he’s about to find something even more monumental and earth-shaking.




Is there a story of art theft we’ve missed that you loved? Share with us in the comments below!

    Gina Shin

    Gina is a Marketing Assistant at MIRA. A west coaster with intense love for beautiful mountains and beaches, few things make her happier than escaping into some natural scenery to unwind. Gina studied both English and Criminology in university, so it should come as no surprise that some of her favorite reads are mysteries and crime fiction. If not with her books, she is most likely playing instruments (usually guitar) and singing obnoxiously or lost in the world of Pinterest with a cup of strong black coffee.

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