Despite no formal coursework in the area, I love art history. When a book review discusses an art topic, I usually add it to my adult reading list. Last week, that book was THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro. Its main character, Claire Roth, has been wronged in some way (which is slowly revealed to the reader), and she seeks a way to gain recognition in the Boston art world. Until that time, she paints reproductions of famous works for an online company. Thus, the offer from a gallery owner to copy a Degas painting in exchange for her own show seems to be an opportunity she cannot refuse. Add to that the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist of 1990 and some incredibly detailed detective work in sketchbooks and process, and the book became one that completely engaged me.