Art Thefts, Forgeries and Frauds: A Book List

Enjoy this selective bibliography of nonfiction and fiction titles centered around the fascinating world of art.


Venetian Holiday: A Novel by David Campbell

Tasting Fear by Shannon McKenna

Stealing Mona Lisa: A Mystery by Carson Morton

Heron’s Cove (The Sharpe & Donovan Series #2)by Carla Neggers

Headhunters: A Novel by Jo Nesbo; trans. by Don Bartlett

The Hypnotist (The Reincarnation Series #3) by M. J. Rose

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries #1) by James Runcie

The Art Forger: A Novel by Barbara A. Shapiro


The Gardner Heist: A True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for A Missing Masterpiece by Edward Dolnick

The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art by Hector Feliciano

The Lost Painting: The Quest For a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr

The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art by Matthew Hart

Faking It: Art and the Politics of Forgery by Ian Haywood

Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft by Simon Houpt

Provenance: How A Con Man and A Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa by R. A. Scotti

The Caravaggio Conspiracy: How Five Art Dealers, Four Policemen, Three Picture Restorers, Two Auction Houses, and A Journalist Plotted to Recover Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Stolen Paintings by Peter Watson

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman with John Shiffman

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