Master Thieves

The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist
Product Number: EB00700626
Released: Mar 15, 2017
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ISBN: #9781610399043
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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As featured on the "Last Seen" podcast, the thrilling, definitive story of the $500m Gardner Museum art heist, full of "characters that would make Martin Scorsese swoon" (Boston Globe) In a secret meeting in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was a big score waiting to happen. Though its collections included priceless artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its security was cheap, mismanaged, and out of date. And now, it seemed, the whole Boston criminal underworld knew it. Nearly a decade passed before the Museum museum was finally hit. But when it finally happened, the theft quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: thirteen works of art valued at up to 500 million, by some of the most famous artists in the world, were taken. The Boston FBI took control of the investigation, but twenty-five years later the case is still unsolved and the artwork is still missing. Stephen Kurkjian, one of the top investigative reporters in the country, has been working this case for over nearly twenty years. In Master Thieves, he sheds new light on some of the Gardner's most abiding mysteries. Why would someone steal these paintings, only to leave them hidden for twenty-five years? And why, if one of the top crime bosses in the city knew about this score in 1981, did the theft happen in 1990? What happened in those intervening years? And what might all this have to do with Boston's notorious gang wars of the 1980s? Kurkjian's reporting is already responsible for some of the biggest breaks in this story, including a meticulous reconstruction of what happened at the Museum museum that fateful night. Now Master Thieves will reveal the identities of those he believes plotted the heist, the motive for the crime, and the details that the FBI has refused to discuss. Taking you on a journey deep into the gangs of Boston, Kurkjian emerges with the most complete and compelling version of this story ever told.

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Author(s): Stephen Kurkjian
Original Publish Date: Mar 10, 2015

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Author(s): Stephen Kurkjian
Narrator(s): Mike Chamberlain
Product Number DD17457
Released: Mar 17, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494510848
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Author(s): Stephen Kurkjian
Narrator(s): Mike Chamberlain
Product Number Z100090160
Released: Mar 17, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494590840

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