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Chasing Picasso: The True Story of A Daytime Heist on Art Hill

A rare Pablo Picasso oil painting, probably worth millions today, completely vanished from the Saint Louis Art Museum in 1973. From Dictators to Dons, the story of the missing Picasso is a journey into the rise of art theft and how it made its way to St. Louis.

“Written like a detective novel, C. Joan Baker takes the reader on a rollicking ride through the high-stakes world of art theft. Chasing Picasso is a fast-paced and engrossing hunt for an art world masterpiece.”

—ROBERT K. WITTMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures and the international bestseller The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich
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This book is a good read, it keeps your interest right away.

There's actually a lot of history and information regarding Picasso and other aspects of the art. You can tell the author spent quality time doing research and with the information in this book, it's very possible this lost piece of art could be recovered one day. —SPRINGFIELD IL (BOOKS-A-MILLION REVIEW)

Fantastic book!

Book tells a fascinating story and arrived in excellent condition! —WALTER F. USA (AMAZON VERIFIED)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

The author takes you on a who-done-it adventure and the adventures continue with you in the search! Well written, well researched book! —CHRISTINA I. USA (AMAZON VERIFIED)

A real page turner!

I'm not normally a non fiction reader but this read like a crime novel and kept me interested thru the whole book. And the history of stolen art was fascinating! —CHERYL H. USA (AMAZON)

Highly Recommended! A Great Read!

Great details tied to history of WWII, JFK, MLK, mysterious or coincidental happenings all rolled into one true adventure of figuring out how a Picasso painting disappeared, who done it, and where is it today! —RAYMOND IL (BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW)
Fascinating and interesting read on a subject I knew little about. Kept me interested and engaged all the way to the end! —TOM I. ST. LOUIS, MO

“Chasing Picasso” is a captivating and well-crafted novel that seamlessly merges art, history, and suspense.

The pacing of Chasing Picasso is well-maintained, with moments of intense action interspersed with quieter, reflective moments. The story maintains its grip on the reader, and the desire to unravel the mystery propels the pages forward. In conclusion, "Chasing Picasso" is a captivating and well-crafted novel that seamlessly merges art, history, and suspense. C. Joan Baker's impeccable research, compelling theories, and evocative descriptions make for an enthralling reading experience. An added benefit is C. Joan Baker writes from the perspective of a St. Louisan with love for the people and history of her hometown. — T.F. LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO

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