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    Art world thrillers

    I wouldn't say it is a genre in itself, though maybe it is? But I have become increasingly more interested in historical, thriller fiction regarding the art world (NO Da Vinci Code)

    Wondering if any of you have read any good novels that classify ?

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    Not historical, per se, but Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is set in the arts/antiques world and is a thriller and an amazing read. Made me very curious about the painting.
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    The intelligent man's Da Vinci Code is Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum - a very clever and absorbing thriller that mixes art, science and conspiracy theories.
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red.

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    The "Thriller" in general is such a dated form of entertainment. The general feeling I get is that the "thriller" is better on the screen, in that the screen provides both music and visuals, which stimulate the audience more.

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    The Recognitions by William Gaddis is about the art world. I would very much like to read it as soon as I can obtain a copy, despite the fact that many, including Jonathan Franzen, consider it to be one of the most difficult books ever written.

    A major character in Richard Russo's The Bridge of Sighs is an artist, though the novel isn't a "thriller," per se. (The book thrilled me, though.)

    Likewise the Gulley Jimpson trilogy by Joyce Carey.

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    You might try out Sisters by Brigitte Lozerec'h. It's wrapped up in avant-garde world of early Twentieth Century Paris, though it is not really a thriller. Quite a brilliant book though.

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    Iain Pears writes these kind of entertainments. Pears is like Graham Greene in that he has two types of novel. He's much more interesting than GG though as he has a sense of humour.

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    The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte is intersting.

    Not exzactly Historical but The Art Forger by B.A Shapiro was quite fascinating.

    And if you enjoy books about art and mysteries around art it is Non-fiction but The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr is really good.
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