FROM THE BOOK JACKET: August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911.
Present day: Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.
A gripping novel exploring the Mona Lisa's very real theft in 1911 and the present underbelly of the art world, The Last Mona Lisa is a suspenseful tale, tapping into our universal fascination with da Vinci's enigma, why people are driven to possess certain works of art, and our fascination with the authentic and the fake.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jonathan Santlofer is the author of 5 novels, including Anatomy of Fear
, which won the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. His short stories appear in numerous collections, including The Rich & the Dead
, edited by Nelson De Mille, New Jersey Noir
, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, the Strand Magazine
and Ellery Queen Magazine.
He has been a contributing writer to ArtNews, Travel & Leisure
, and almost every crime and mystery magazine.
He is currently the director of New York City's CRIME FICTION ACADEMY, the only program devoted exclusively to crime writing in all of its forms. He also teaches Crime Fiction Writing in Pratt Institute's Creative Writing program, and has taught at Columbia University and The New School. A well-known artist, Santlofer's work is in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Tokyo's Institute of Contemporary Art. He lives in New York City where he writes and paints.