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Boston. A wintry night two hours past the end of the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day.

Two simultaneous art thefts, two miles apart. One in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. One in a private residence.

One nets 13 pieces worth $200 million. The other nets two stolen pieces bought by a wine merchant through his best friend, Harry Bartlett.

Two low-level crooks carry out the first one. Uncle Louie, a stolen-art retrieval expert, performs the second.

The duo leaves via Storrow Drive east. Uncle Louie goes west on the same road.

Their paths will cross more than once before a ransom demand expires in seven days in DUPED, a story about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft.

With this second edition to the Harry Bartlett mystery series, author Robert Ainsworth tackles the unsolved mystery of the 13 stolen pieces of art. Weaving Harry Bartlett and Uncle Louie into the fabric of this fictional tale, he brings the reader face-to-face with Boston’s organized crime gangs and into the sketchy world of high-value art.


DUPED, like the actual crime, is a complex story with a wide range of suspects, which also involves the actions of Uncle Louie and Harry with the FBI and the Boston police.

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