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NY Journal of Books

“As Luke [the protagonist] dives farther into his ancestor’s mind, we dive with him, hoping to exonerate the simple crook while admiring his bravado. We also take pause to consider complex questions about the value of art for the individual as well as for society.” Read more…

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Shelf Awareness for Readers

Into the pantheon of great art heist stories leaps The Last Mona Lisa, Jonathan Santlofer’s novel of intrigue, romance and murder. Its set in Florence, Paris and New York and centered on a cast of art scholars, forgers and–those most nefarious of public servants–librarians. One Read more…

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The Today Show – Best Thrillers of 2021

Huge thank you to Harlan Coban and the Today Show for choosing “The Last Mona Lisa” for BEST READS! “Santlofer uses the real-life robbery and creates a really compelling story that takes place in 1911 and the present-day – fans of Dan Brown and Steve Read more…

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Crime Reads – New Books Coming Out

10 NEW BOOKS COMING OUT THIS WEEK – New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers. “The Last Mona Lisa brings together past and present, seasons it with intriguing characters, and brushes it with plot twists that you don’t see coming to create Read more…

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The New York Post – Best Books to Read

The New York Post’s Best Books to Read right now! Jonathan Santlofer (fiction, Sourcebooks) In August of 1911, the “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre by Vincent Perrugia; it was discovered two years later. But was the version that was recovered and returned to Read more…

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Publisher’s Weekly Review – The Last Mona Lisa

“The real-life theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre on Aug. 21, 1911, by workman Vincenzo Peruggia provides the backdrop for this outstanding caper from Nero Award winner Santlofer (Anatomy of Fear). In 2019, Luke Perrone, a nontenured university professor of art Read more…

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Kirkus Reviews – The Last Mona Lisa

      “Santlofer crafts a layered and absorbing art mystery, complete with exciting action scenes and beautiful descriptions of the city of Florence and its art as well as Paris and Nice. It’s the human story at the heart of it, though, that really Read more…

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ALA Booklist Review

Luke Perrone is a former New Jersey bad boy, a recovering alcoholic, a painter, and an art history professor. Frustrated with the slow pace of his career, he decides to risk all and fully pursue his obsession with his great-grand- father, Vincent Peruggia, the starving Read more…

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People Magazine – Best Books – People’s Picks Summer 2021

Jonathan Santlofer The Last Mona Lisa After a journal surfaces in Florence, a professor obsessed with his great-grandfather’s 1911 heist of the Mona Lisa is in hot pursuit—along with assassins and ruthless art dealers. Kim Hubbard People Magazine People Picks – Best Books 2021

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The Brooklyn Rail – The Last Mona Lisa

    I met Jonathan Santlofer at the Yaddo artist residency in Saratoga Springs, New York. We were housemates, and got on well. After we’d left, he offered me his spare bedroom in Manhattan, if I was ever passing through town. A few months later, Read more…

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