By Edward Dolnick
As riveting as an international conflict II mystery, The Forger's Spell is the real tale of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him centuries later. The con man's mark used to be Hermann Goering, probably the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a enthusiast collector of artwork.
It used to be a nearly excellent crime. For seven years a no-account painter named Han van Meegeren controlled to cross off his work as these of 1 of the main liked and in demand artists who ever lived. yet, as Edward Dolnick finds, the cause of the forger's good fortune used to be not his creative ability. Van Meegeren was once a mediocre artist. His precise genius lay in mental manipulation, and he got here inside inches of fooling either the Nazis and the area. in its place, he landed in an Amsterdam court docket on trial for his existence.
ARTnews referred to as Dolnick's past ebook, the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist, "the most sensible booklet ever written on paintings crime." In The Forger's Spell, the level is greater, the stakes are larger, and the villains are blacker.