“'Fake' is great fun, offering a peek into a world of glitz that most of us will never glimpse firsthand." —Washington Post
From the author of The Boys’ Club, a gripping novel set in the high-stakes world of art forgery that moves across the globe, from the trendy art galleries of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood to the high-flying international art fairs of Hong Kong.
Can you spot the difference?
Emma Caan is a fake.
She’s a forger, an artist who specializes in nineteenth-century paintings. But she isn’t a criminal; her copies are commissioned by museums and ultra-wealthy collectors protecting their investments. Emma’s more than mastered a Gauguin brushstroke and a van Gogh wheat field, but her work is sometimes a painful reminder of the artistic dreams she once chased for herself, when she was younger and before her family and her world fell apart.
When oligarch art collector Leonard Sobetsky unexpectedly appears with an invitation, Emma sees a way out—a new job, a new path for herself, and access to the kind of money she needs to support her unstable and recently widowed mother.
But every invitation incurs an obligation . . . and Emma isn’t prepared for what’s to come. As she’s pulled further into Leonard’s opulent scene, she will discover what’s lurking beneath the glitz and glamour. When she does, the past she’s worked hard to overcome will collide with the present, making her wonder how much of her carefully curated life is just as fake as her forgeries . . .
Russian oligarch Leonard Sobetsky makes aspiring artist Emma Caan, the narrator of this propulsive thriller from Katz (The Boys' Club), the kind of offer typically associated with a whiff of sulfur: leave Manhattan's Gemini Reproductions, where she's one of a stable cranking out (strictly legal) brushstroke-perfect replicas of masterpieces for their owners, to copy exclusively for him and he'll not only pay handsomely but also give her entr e to the art world's stratosphere. In a flash, the 26-year-old segues from subways and ramen to Instafamous assistant director at a prestigious gallery, winging on her benefactor's private jet to a Hong Kong art fair to broker megabucks sales and party epically. All the while, however, she's anxiously waiting for the other Louboutin to drop which readers know will happen since this twisty tale, which unspools largely in flashbacks, opens with Emma being grilled by FBI agents concerning her dealings with Sobetsky. Though a key secondary story line about Emma's dysfunctional family feels contrived, the author's exposing of some of the art business's more egregious manipulations and frauds makes for genuinely captivating entertainment. Katz remains a writer to watch. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.
Erica Katz Mystery/Thriller
Emma Kaan is an excellent art forger. Sometimes a little too good. She gets a little too involved in a scamming ring that she has no idea about. I thought this book was a little slow at first but when I got into it and the real action started happening I got to the point I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book for not just thriller readers but also any who loves the art world and some its dirty little secrets.