THE ART DETECTIVE, by Phillip Mould

Anyone with any interest in historic art works - Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell - will devour this non-fiction book like a chocoholic would a truffle (I speak of myself in both instances). This highly-entertaining book, written by a world authority on old master paintings, will keep you amused and mesmerized as you take a wide-ranging journey deep into the exotic realms of the high-end art business. With wit and humility, Mould details the chase of unknown art treasures, the workings of auction houses and restoration studios, and what happens to anonymous works destined to become superstars. If only this could be made required reading for all art students! It's a 5.