The Collector's Apprentice

The Collector's Apprentice

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A clever and complex tale of art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge." -- Publishers Weekly In this surprising, noirish page-turner, B. A. Shapiro once again takes readers into the world of art, glamour, and mystery. Accused of helping her fiancé steal her family's fortune and her father's art collection, Paulien Mertens has fled to France. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she has created a new identity. Paulien, aka Vivienne, takes a position working for an American art collector modeled after real-life eccentric museum founder Albert Barnes and quickly becomes caught up in the 1920s Paris of artists and expats, including post-Impressionist painter Henri Matisse and writer Gertrude Stein. From there, she sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence, and exact revenge on her ex-fiancé. B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own, and once again she gives us an unforgettable tale about what we see--and what we refuse to see.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781616209803
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,21 cm.


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Aug 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It’s very different from her other 2 books, but still has the elements of using real historical people and events woven into the story. This novel has wonderful main character and while one reviewer did not like the time-shifting, I found that added interest and made me more eager to see how the main character got to the later pint and what the outcome would be.

Dec 11, 2018

I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse’ paintings and be able to see more!
The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on me is chintzy, esp. the heroine’s affair with Matisse, grouse to conjure up.

Nov 19, 2018

I love books with an art theme. The ingredients for an interesting book were there but it lacked depth. Art is very visual and at times the descriptions got tedious. The ideas behind the characters led to a full story - if only they had oomph! I hoped for more but got mediocre.

Nov 17, 2018

I just got bored with this story. I didn't care for the jumping around in time and I didn't feel a connection to the characters. I didn't finish this book due to how dull it was for me.

Oct 31, 2018

Adding to Shapiro's portfolio of sharply-etched portraits of the high-stakes world of art crime, the Collector's Apprentice delves into politics, aesthetics, international con artistry, and spends a delightful amount of time in the salons of 1920s Paris - the title character gets to flirt with Henir Matisse, in Gertrude Stein's "27," with Zelda Fitzgerald laughing in the background. The plot keeps twisting until the end, and the perspectives shift as if with a Post-Impressionist palette.

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