Portrait of a Thief

This was how things began: Boston on the cusp of fall, the Sackler Museum robbed of 23 pieces of priceless Chinese art. Even in this back room, dust catching the slant of golden, late- afternoon light, Will Chen could hear the sirens. They sounded like a promise.

PORTRAIT OF A THIEF is a heist novel pitched as THE FAREWELL meets OCEAN'S ELEVEN, based on a true story of looted Chinese art vanishing from Western museums. It will be published in Spring 2022 by Tiny Reparations Books/Dutton (Penguin Random House).

It has:

  • Ambitious Chinese American college students
  • Anti-imperialism
  • Museum heists
  • Fast and Furious-esque street races
  • The loss inherent in diaspora

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