August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Eventually it is recovered, but some have wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake. 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.
"It's hard to imagine another writer who could pull off a feat like [this novel], with its combination of thrills, history, and insider knowledge of the art world. A singular achievement by a terrific writer. Really stunning."—Laura Lippman