- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (Sept. 14 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771000694
- ISBN-13: 978-1771000697
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art Paperback – Sep 14 2012
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"'OK, this is how it works,' a wanted art thief tells Knelman at a clandestine meeting on a Toronto patio. 'It's like a big shell game. All the antique and art dealers, they just pass it around from one to another'...And the deeper Knelman digs into the industry, via this first-person investigative narrative, the truer the thief's words ring." (Canadian Business)
"A fascinating look at the multibillion-dollar business of art theft around the world...This is riveting non-fiction that reads like a novel, with detectives out of central casting and a twist that would make the Coen Brothers proud." (Chatelaine)
"Stolen art is a hot topic...from the first chapter when we meet him crouched in the back of a police car it's clear that he's hooked -- just as we are -- by the topic in all its complexity..." (International Architecture & Design)
"Toronto journalist Joshua Knelman ups the ante on...caper tales by presenting stories of international art theft made all the more compelling because they are true...Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art shows collectors and aficionados why art thieves seem to have the edge in their shadowy world and that keeping the Krieghoffs under wraps is no simple matter." (International Architecture & Design)
"Art theft is one of the world's largest underground markets, yet very few people know how it works. Journalist Joshua Knelman's new book, Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art, shines a bright light on the subject." (Myron Love Jewish Post News)
"Hot Art creeps up on you. Wickedly entertaining, it turns out to be informative, unexpected and far more thought-provoking than its cheeky 007-ish cover would suggest. Joshua Knelman's in-depth investigation of the international trade in stolen art may read like a TV crime novel, but it delves deeper than that, deftly allowing art theft to serve as an extended metaphor for exploitive, unregulated, free-for-all global capitalism...No doubt Hot Art will eventually be made into a film. Knelman's subject is a natural for Hollywood. His suspenseful writing has a filmic quality, and his characters could have walked out of a Raymond Chandler or Nathanael West novel." (Joyce Kline Literary Review of Canada)
"Hot Art is an engrossing and thorough study of the shadow side of art fairs, galleries, museums, auction houses, private and public collectors...outstanding work of journalismï¿½" (Philip Marchand National Post)
"...Read the book! It's a tour-de-force, alright -- and it comes across, in parts, as the freak love child of Raymond Chandler and Lesley Stahl! " (Govani Shinan National Post)
"Toronto-based investigative journalist Joshua Knelman delves deeply into the phenomenon [of art theft] in his consistently interesting Hot Art. " (NOW Toronto)
"...though the reality may not be like Hollywood's version, It still makes for an entertaining story..." (Quill & Quire)
About the Author
Josh Knelman is an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts.ca, the National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe and Mail. Knelman's feature article "Artful Crimes" in The Walrus won Canada's National Magazine Awards for Arts and Entertainment. Knelman is also the fiction editor of Four Letter Word: A Collection of Fictional Love Letters which has sold in over ten territories worldwide. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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I'm not a big fan of the "true crime" genre, but this book was absolutely fascinating, and Knelman's prose is as skillful as it is entertaining. Knelman is as much a character in the book as the diverse cast of characters he interviews (on both sides of the law), and his relationship which develops over the years with the former art-thief Paul is touching.
Read this book. Seriously-- it is exceptional.
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