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The art thief : a true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

The art thief : a true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession / Michael Finkel.

Finkel, Michael, (author.).


"The true story of the world's most prolific art thief--a spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius, from the bestselling author of The Stranger in the Woods. For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years--in museums and cathedrals all over Europe--Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. In The Art Thief, Michael Finkel brings us into Breitwieser's strange and fascinating world. Unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them to his heart's content. Possessed of a remarkable athleticism and an innate ability to assess practically any security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtaking number of audacious thefts. Yet these strange talents bred a growing disregard for risk and an addict's need to score, leading Breitwieser to ignore his girlfriend's pleas to stop--until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down. This is a riveting story of art, crime, and an insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593744178
  • ISBN: 0593744179
  • Physical Description: 263 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references in note (pages 251-260).
Subject: Breitwieser, Stéphane, 1971-
Art thieves > France > Biography.
Art thefts > Investigation > France.
Large type books.
Breitwieser, Stéphane, 1971-
Art thefts > Investigation.
Art thieves.
Genre: Biographies.
Large print books.
True crime stories.
Large print books.
True crime stories.

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Homer Public Library LP 364.16 FIN (Text) 000170609 Display -- Lit Lineup Checked out 07/30/2024

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