Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist, with Steven Kurkjian

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Steven Kurkjian presents! Gibson's Bookstore is thrilled to host the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, critically acclaimed as the most complete account of the 1990 theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 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.

About the author: A Boston native, Stephen Kurkjian spent nearly 40 years as an editor and reporter for The Boston Globe before retiring in 2007. During his career, he shared in three Pulitzer Prizes and won more than 20 regional and national reporting awards. Kurkjian was a founding member of The Globe’s investigative Spotlight Team, and its editor for 1979-1986. In 1986, he was named chief of The Globe's Washington Bureau and for six years oversaw the work of the paper's 10 reporters in Washington. In addition, while at the bureau he covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and the Bush White House during the first war in Iraq.

Returning to Boston in the early 1990s, he completed numerous investigative projects from The Globe newsroom including the clergy abuse scandal inside the Boston Archdiocese; the devastating fire at a Rhode Island nightclub that took the lives of 100 people and the recovery of a Cezanne still life that was stolen from a Berkshires home in 1978 and later auctioned for $29 million. His 2005 article of the theft of 13 pieces of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is regarded as the most complete account of the still-unsolved crime.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610396325
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 2016

As featured on the "Last Seen" podcast, the thrilling, definitive story of the $500m Gardner Museum art heist, full of "characters that would make Martin Scorsese swoon" (Boston Globe)