The Last Mona Lisa (Paperback)
The famous 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa painting from the Louvre was one of the most brazen art thefts ever. Two years later when the culprit, Vincent Perrugia was captured and the famous painting returned, the rumors began that the painting hanging in the Louvre was a well-done forgery. Years later art professor, Luke Perrone, begins a quest for the truth behind his ancestor's famous crime. I found this book to be a fascinating look into the dark side of art collecting, art forgeries and the lengths some will go to own a great work. The dual storylines of Vincent's journal chronicling his part in the crime and Luke's journey to find the definitive answers about not only the crime but the authenticity of one of the most famous paintings in the world kept me captivated from the beginning.— Lisa
ONE OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER
Unstoppable what-happens-next momentum.--Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A deliciously tense read.--Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author
From award-winning crime writer and celebrated artist Jonathan Santlofer comes an enthralling tale about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, the forgeries that appeared in its wake, and the present-day underbelly of the art world.
August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911.
Present day: Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.
The Last Mona Lisa is a suspenseful and seductive tale, perfect for fans of the Netflix documentaries This Is A Robbery and Made You Look and readers obsessed with the world of art heists and forgeries.