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Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the scene of the largest art theft in history more than 20 years ago, a crime that is still unsolved.

Based on the true facts, novelist B. A. Shapiro spins a tale of forgery and fanaticism in “The Art Forger,” a new addition to Adult Fiction at the Abington Community Library.

The book is available also in the Large Print edition. As the story begins, one of the stolen Degas paintings, taken during the famous heist, is delivered to the studio of a young artist, Claire Roth, who, because of circumstances, makes her living reproducing famous works of art for an online retailer.

A powerful Boston gallery owner hires her to forge the Degas painting, but as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery.

Claire begins a search for the truth about the painting’s origins and finds herself in a desperate race to save herself from incrimination.


“Gods and Beasts,” by Denise Mina. With Christmas quickly approaching, Glasgow policewoman Alex Morrow is on the hunt to capture a killer, a masked gunman who staged a violent robbery, shooting an elderly man to death, in a crowded post office in the heart of the city.

She begins to uncover a sinister political network and realizes that criminal corruption spreads further than she ever could have imagined, touching even her own department.

“Three Graves Full,” by Jamie Mason. Jason Getty, mild-mannered killer, buried the victim a little too close to home.Now, it’s a year later and the police unearth two bodies on his property, neither of which is the one Jason buried. Here is a macabre, darkly humorous tale, filled with a colorful cast of strangers, and a hero who is racing to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime.

“The Romanov Cross,” by Robert Masello. Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is assigned to investigate bodies found on a small island off the Alaska coast.

The colony, which was once settled by a sect devoted to the mad Russian monk, Rasputin, had been wiped out by the Spanish flu in 1918, the victims’ remains frozen in the ground until the permafrost begins to melt.

Frank must determine if the deadly virus is still present and ensure that it doesn’t come back to life. He discovers that his mission has been compromised, however, and he is in a brutal race against time.

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