‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro
The Boston-area author’s sixth novel is billed as a literary thriller, but it offers only a modicum of suspense. What Shapiro does deliver is a satisfying, plot-driven novel of revelation, an intriguing mystery with a puzzle or two at its core. It’s an engaging tale about art, cupidity, and a Faustian bargain, using as backdrop the still unsolved 1990 theft of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.