I loved this book, it is smart and sassy, lively and funny. Twenty somethings living in Seattle, enjoying the nightlife with lots of specialty beers and cocktails, and then gatecrashing art exhibitions. We have a former art fraud investigator now working in a museum, a employee of an advertising agency and a reporter who sniff out a mystery in the exclusive art world and set off to solve it. The author clearly has a finger or maybe a whole hand on the pulse of the modern art world and is able to write satirically on this subject in several chapters. For example:
“Before we go, I must visit the contemporary rendition of Edvard Munch’s The Scream hanging across the gallery,” said Evan, motioning toward the far wall. “The piece appears to be reproduced with construction paper and finger paints.” “We don’t have time for this,” I said, following him to the painting, where carmine reds and burning yellows were draped across a sinuous sky while shadowy swirls of ochre green and navy blue accented a road and a river in the distance. A blurry figure stood alone in the foreground, gripping its hollow cheeks, its mouth open wide in a scream. Trumpeted from the mouth in a cartoon bubble were the words Laundry Room Renegade, because even in satire, the image was cliched.
So there you have it, art, art theft, cocktails, and witty conversation, a twenty-something book thoroughly enjoyed by this 60 year old reviewer who has 20 something children and friends.
– Dr. Nadine Gibbons PhD, Library Thing (Australia)