Author: Matthew Hart
Genre: Crime Non-Fiction. Art Non-FictionPublisher: Walker & Company; (May 1, 2004)
In the annals of art theft, no case has matched—for sheer criminal panache—the heist at Ireland’s Russborough House in 1986.
The Irish police knew right away that the mastermind was a Dublin gangster named Martin Cahill. Yet the great plunder —including a Gainsborough, a Goya, two Rubenses, and a Vermeer— remained at large for years. Cahill taunted the police with a string of other crimes, but in the end it was the paintings that brought him low. The challenge of disposing of such famous works forced him to reach outside his familiar world into the international arena, and when he did, his pursuers were waiting.
This is a brilliant book and I know I'll be referring back to it time and again. I am quite stoked that I picked this up from my dusty shelf even if it took me forever to actually read it.