Speaker Series: Master Thieves
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist
Critics have praised MASTER THIEVES: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist as the most complete account of the 1990 theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Stephen Kurkjian, the author, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Boston Globe who was the newspaper's lead reporter on the story. His book provides a dramatic narrative of the actual theft in which two men dressed as police officers were able to trick their way into the museum after hours and make off with priceless masterpieces including Vermeer's The Concert and two large paintings by Rembrandt including Storm on the Sea of Galilee, his only seascape. More than a quarter century later, none of the 13 pieces that were stolen in all have been recovered and no one ever arrested. Kurkjian's narrative is rich in details of the actual theft and what led up to it; the several suspects whom the FBI has focused its investigation on and interviews with them, and a possible missing motive for the historic robbery, to ransom a leading mob figure out of jail. Lastly, Kurkjian calls attention to the museum's – and its founder's - rich history and how authorities could use that history to rally the public to help in the recovery.