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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by [Perenyi, Ken]
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By his own admission, Ken Perenyi is a liar, a cheat, and a thief-but to give him his due, he is also pretty brilliant...His astonishing memoir, Caveat Emptor, is by turns horrifying and hilarious...One hesitates to praise an unrepentant wrongdoer's autobiography-innocent teenagers contemplating career options should not be allowed near this book-but anybody with the slightest interest in painting or deception will find Caveat Emptor an engrossing read.

-- "Wall Street Journal"

Even if you know nothing about fine art, Dan Butler's superb performance will bring this complex and sometimes shady world to life. His sensitive delivery of Ken Perenyi's poignant memoir of life as a liar and thief makes it hard not to like this consummate scam artist in spite of it all...Butler's easy reading style carries the narrative flawlessly, with occasional forays into excitement and danger where the going get tight for Perenyi. At those points he ratchets up the emotional wattage just enough to keep you on the edge. This is a thoroughly competent delivery using only Butler's native voice-but what a voice.

-- "AudioFile"

The most fascinating parts of his account are his meticulous descriptions of the forging process...A captivating story rich in illuminating details.

-- "Booklist"

Perenyi channels Holden Caulfield with his forthright, unadorned prose style and straightforward accounts of his past exploits...The details of Perenyi's forgeries are fascinating, as is the development of his artistic though duplicitous techniques.

-- "Library Journal"

Readers will be captivated as they follow the development of this remarkable talent over a forty-year career.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

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The astonishing true story of America’s most accomplished art forger: a kid from New Jersey who became a master, fooling experts and eluding the FBI for thirty years. Ten years ago, an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure.” Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this book, Caveat Emptor, is Ken Perenyi’s confession. It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off. Glamorous stories of art-world scandal have always captured the public imagination. However, not since Clifford Irving’s 1969 bestselling Fake has there been a story at all like this one. Caveat Emptor is unique in that it is the first and only book by and about America’s first and only great art forger. And unlike other forgers, Perenyi produced no paper trail, no fake provenance whatsoever; he let the paintings speak for themselves. And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds. In the tradition of Frank Abagnale’s Catch Me If You Can, and certain to be a bombshell for the major international auction houses and galleries, here is the story of America’s greatest art forger.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6712 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (15 August 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DR6ROK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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