The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art ePUB é

The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art ePUB é In the annals of art theft, no case has matched for sheer criminal panache the heist at Ireland s Russborough House in 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 waitingThe movie perfect sting that broke Cahill uncovered an astonishing maze of banking and drug dealing connections that redefined the way police view art theft As if that were not enough, the recovery of the Vermeer by then worthmillion led to a remarkable discovery about the way Vermeer achieved his photographic perspective The Irish Game places the great theft in Ireland s long sad history of violence and follows the thread that led, as a direct result of Cahill s desperate adventures with the Russborough art, to his assassination by the IRA With the storytelling skill of a novelist and the instincts of a detective, Matthew Hart follows the twists and turns of this celebrated case, linking it with two other world famous thefts of Vermeer s The Concert and other famous paintings at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and of Edvard Munch s The Scream at the National Gallery of Norway in Oslo Sharply observed, fully explored, The Irish Game is a masterpiece in the literature of true crime

10 thoughts on “The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art

  1. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This nicely written and well researched book is primarily about the Beit art collection that was stolen from their Irish home of Russborough house not once but twice.The collection itself was amazing by the sound of it Vermeer, Goya, Gainsborough, Hals, Ruben, Velasquez The list is like an art lover dream and th

  2. Alyssa Staples Alyssa Staples says:

    A great choice for readers who prefer their True Crime with minimal gore and maximum historical context Includes sweeping Irish English history and plenty of artist art collector info for art historians The pace is pretty good, and switching from good guy to bad guy perspectives keeps you turning the pages The typical re

  3. Janet Janet says:

    This was fun I had been in several of the areas the Gardner museum, Wicklow mountains, the area near the train station in Antwerp, so picturing it was cool Crazy stuff though

  4. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    Hart chronicles the two thefts of Vermeer s Woman Writing a Letter with Her Maid from Russborough House in Ireland the first by heiress turned IRA operative Rose Dugdale, the second time by criminal Martin Cahill, and the international recovery efforts by the Guarda, British Intelligence and Interpol, with Cahill s eventual desperation to

  5. Susan Susan says:

    I loved this book Ever since the theft of a Vermeer painting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2000, I m obsessed with similar heists Thus I found this book about the thefts of Vermeer paintings in Ireland utterly fascinating There s also a reference to the Gardner heist near the end, and a rather startling theory on how Vermeer

  6. Harvey Harvey says:

    one of the most audacious art heists in history 1986, Ireland s Russborough House, 200 to 300 million dollars worth of paintings Gainsborough, Goya, Rubens, and Vermeer s Lady Writing A Letter With Her Maid , money laundering, drug dealing, I.R.A assassinations the police knew immediately who had done the crime, but it took many years to prove the crime th

  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    A little bit disjointed in places, but I m a total sucker for this kind of thing the insights into Vermeer s technique are the best part.

  8. Shannon Shannon says:

    This was an art theft book with a strong start but which fizzled out to a weak ending.A house called Russborough House, located a few miles from Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains had both a famous art collection, unequaled in Ireland, as well as the worst luck with thieves making off with items from the collections, several items being stolen and recaptured repeatedly The who

  9. J.H. Gordon J.H. Gordon says:

    This is a highly entertaining book about a series of heists of the Beit art collection at Russborough House in Ireland, with a focus on the biggest heist pulled off by Dublin gangster Martin Cahill In addition to gangsters, Matthew Hart gives us a rogue English Heiress, the IRA, the FBI, Interpol, Scotland Yard, and of course, the Irish Garda My only complaint is the inclusion of ch

  10. Dawn Dawn says:

    A fascinating look at the world of art theft and organized crime in Ireland, The Irish Game is a quick read that does not disappoint outlining a few major cases spanning from the 1970s to the 2000s, specifically stemming from one particular estate in Ireland, Russborough The crimes were not limited to Russborough, however, and the book highlighted an intricate world of art dealers from Engla

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