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Rogues in the Gallery: The Modern Plague of Art Thefts
Rogues In The Gallery exposes it all: the cozy insurance ransom racket, the professional gangs of art thieves, the specialists, the connections with the international drug racket and the Mafia. Hugh McLeave has researched the whys and wherefores of the question for years, drawing on resources available to him through agencies such as Interpol, the FBI, the French Sûreté, and Scotland Yard.
Rogues In The Gallery is a lively and informed account of the causesand limited curesof this epidemic. It charts the classic outbreaks, portrays the rich gallery of protagonists, and defines what means there are to combat the disease.
But even with sophisticated computers and Interpol, the total elimination of art theft is unlikely. As long as auction prices continue to rise and inflation devalues savings, the theft of precious objects will flourish. The lure of easy money is at the root. This is a serious book on an urgent problem, especially for those who collect art.
The book is an updated version of a print book with the same name and author that appeared in 1981. It contains two new chapters that cover the period from 1980 to 2000.
Cover Art by Joel Barr