One-Minute Book Reviews

March 11, 2009

‘Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa’ — Partial Verdict

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Picasso used “a rusty frying pan for a chamber pot,” R. A. Scotti says in Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa (Knopf, April 2009), her new book about the 1911 theft of the painting from the Louvre. I’ve been reading this fascinating historical true-crime story to distract myself from the crimes against literature committed by some of the Delete Key Awards finalists. And based on the first 75 pages: Fans of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, this is your book.

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  1. […] historical true-crime book Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa (Knopf, April 2009), which I mentioned yesterday. And it’s been a pleasure after trudging through the finalists for the 2009 Delete Key Awards […]

    Pingback by If Only the Recession Were Like This for Writers and Artists — More on R. A. Scotti’s Forthcoming ‘Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa’ « One-Minute Book Reviews — March 12, 2009 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  2. […] am Tags: Art History, Book Reviews, Books, Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Painting A few weeks ago, I wrote about how much I was enjoying R. A. Scotti’s Vanished Smile, a new historical true crime book about the 1911 theft of the Mona […]

    Pingback by Second Thoughts on R. A. Scotti’s ‘Vanished Smile’ « One-Minute Book Reviews — April 29, 2009 @ 12:20 am | Reply


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