The Art Thief by Noah Charney took me some time to grasp. On some levels, I enjoyed it. The story about three paintings which are stolen in three different countries has a good deal of art interpretation and is a mystery to be solved by law enforcement agencies in Italy, France, and England.

I laughed at some of the quirky character’s ridiculous dinner conversations and the depictions of people whose lives revolve around the art world. They reminded me of a hysterical episode of Murphy Brown many years ago. The pretentious nature of some art patrons can be funny!

I thought there were too many characters in this novel. I also got lost during the reveal of the art thief at the end. Did I miss something?  The plot was jumping from one place to another way too often. What I do know is I came away disappointed.  This novel lacks enough overall continuity for me to recommend it.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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