THE LOST VAN GOGH
Sourcebooks January 2, 2024
From the author of the much-praised The Last Mona Lisa comes another thrilling story of masterpieces, masterminds, and mystery.
For years, there have been whispers that, before his death, Van Gogh completed a final self-portrait. Curators and art historians have savored this rumor, hoping it could illuminate some of the troubled artist’s many secrets, but even they have to concede that the missing painting is likely lost forever.
But when Luke Perrone, artist and great-grandson of the man who stole the Mona Lisa, and Alexis Verde, daughter of a notorious art thief, discover what may be the missing portrait, they are drawn into a most epic art puzzles. When only days later the painting disappears again, they are reunited with INTERPOL agent John Washington Smith in a dangerous and deadly search that will not only expose secrets of the artist’s last days but draws them into one of history’s darkest eras.
Beneath the paint and canvas, beneath the beauty and the legend, the artwork has become linked with something evil, something that continues to flourish on the dark web and on the shadiest corridors of the underground art world.
Alternating between Luke Perrone’s perilous hunt for the painting, and a history of stolen art and stolen lives, The Lost Van Gogh is an intricately layered historical thriller perfect for fans of The Last Mona Lisa and The Night Portrait.
Praise & Reviews
“A compelling story…a thriller! Fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will love it!”
“Ingeniously plotted, irresistibly readable, brimming with inside information about the high-stakes art world of theft, forgery, and murder, Jonathan Santlofer’s THE LOST VAN GOGH tracks the history of a missing self-portrait by Van Gogh against the background of the notorious Nazi campaign against “degenerate art.” Also included are brilliantly rendered drawings by the author, who is as accomplished an artist as he is a writer of suspense thrillers.”—Joyce Carol Oates
“THE LOST VAN GOGH is a can’t miss novel of unforgettable suspense. Santlofer masterfully blends his art world expertise with a game of obsessions, razor-sharp characterization and thrilling prose to create a novel unlike any other—a riveting mystery that explores the weight of family and high-stakes art theft.”–Alex Segura, bestselling author of Secret Identity
“THE LAST VAN GOGH is a kaleidoscope — a globetrotting thriller, a lesson in art history, a reminder of a crime against humanity that will never be expunged, but most of all a tremendously entertaining read.”
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of House on Fire
“Packed with international art world intrigue and utterly delicious plot-twists, Santlofer keeps readers riveted in this intelligent and wonderfully textured thriller.”—John Searles, NYT Bestselling author of Her Last Affair and Help for the Haunted
“Perfectly paced and plotted, THE LOST VAN GOGH seamlessly weaves together a mystery of unrelenting suspense with a fascinating tale about art and the dangerously criminal culture that surrounds it. A terrific read—one that only Jonathan Santlofer could have written!” —Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife