Santlofer is the author of six bestselling novels, among them The Death Artist, and Nero award-winning Anatomy of Fear. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, received national acclaim and was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He is the editor/creator of seven anthologies, the recipient of two NEA grants, Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and serves on the board of Yaddo. He is a noted speaker.
The Last Mona Lisa
A gripping novel exploring the secrets of the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa and the dark underbelly of today’s art world. A story of heart-stopping suspense as romantic and sexy as it is terrifying and thrilling, one that taps into our universal fascination with da Vinci, the authentic and the fake, and people so driven to acquire priceless works of art, they will stop at nothing to possess them‚ not even murder.
The Past, August 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by museum worker Vincent Peruggia. During its two-year absence from the Louvre, replicas of the painting are created and sold as the original by a notorious duo of con artists. Several of these forgeries remain at large, prompting more than one art historian to speculate that the museum might well be displaying a fake.
The Present: Artist and art professor Luke Perrone hunts for the truth behind his most infamous ancestor, Peruggia. His search attracts a reckless INTERPOL detective with something to prove, a beautiful woman who may want more than Luke’s affection, and a hornet’s nest of the most unscrupulous art collectors and thieves.