** Caveat Emptor by Ken Perenyi

Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger is a memoir in the style of Catch Me if you Can, of a crook who specializes in art forgery, but without the  lightness and fun, if I dare say so, of the latter. The author shares the technical details of his fraud, reminding me of The Forger’s Spell, and takes great pride in how he deceived the so-called experts, cleverly starting with fakes of not-so-famous painters so as not to attract the scrutiny that would be lavished on a first-rate painter’s newly unearthed work.

The tale could be a book-length adventure, but it never pauses to consider that perhaps, all this lying and deception may be reprehensible, and the author seems ready to resume his trade at any time. Not too appealing…

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