MR. GOSLING AND THE GREAT ART ROBBERY by John Cunliffe

MR. GOSLING AND THE GREAT ART ROBBERY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The wrapped-up painting that Mr. Gosling carries onto the train is only a fraud, but it's a valuable fraud because of its history. No one knows what's in the similar-looking package carried into the same compartment by Mr. Brown, a fellow-dealer who soon strikes up an acquaintance--but when the pictures are accidentally switched, Mr. Gosling finds himself with the original Mona Lisa, recently stolen from the Louvre. The more implausibilities the better in this sort of straight-faced, take-it-or-leave-it pipe dream--and so Cunliffe ends with Mr. Gosling's daughter Sara (his companion on the train) getting a horse with the Mona Lisa reward money. Perhaps Stobbs' pictures are just part of the game--his people are flat, sallow cutout slabs of paint that fade out against the fussy, superrealistically-rendered decor and furniture--but the effect is far from disarming.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1979
Publisher: Deutsch--dist. by Elsevier/Dutton