• The Gardner Heist

  • The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft
  • By: Ulrich Boser
  • Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads - and a $5 million reward - none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.

A Bustle Pick for Mystery Lovers Who Don't Want to Read about Murder.

©2018 Ulrich Boser (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved it!

I finished this in 2 days! The story combined with the performance leaves the impression more of a film than a book recounting an art heist and its ramifications. I went into this knowing the art still hadn't been recovered and it didn't affect my interest one bit. I found myself secretly hoping Ulrich Boser would find the works (irrationally) and was sorry to come to the end of his story. His personal insights and self-reflections really serve to raise the stakes for the reader. Boser pays homage to investigator Harold Smith by consistently weaving in dialogue he had with the now deceased detective while he was alive and still pursuing the case, resulting in a portrait of Smith whose presence is felt throughout the book.

The unexpected twists and turns near the conclusion were fascinating- truth is most certainly stranger than fiction!

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Riveting an exciting story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story took me on a real adventure . Like a who done it.

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cool topic, boring story

so i love the Gardner heist, love the bones of the story the author created. but somehow he made it dull... and it really seemed like he used Word's auto thesaurus for half of the adjectives

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fascinating story

A very compelling story to listen to. although I already knew the artwork had not been recovered, I was waiting until the end hoping that I was wrong.
The reader did a nice job as well.

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I can understand the writer’s obsession with the lost art

I’ve been hooked on the mystery for 30 years. Mr Boser has a very understanding wife.