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A true story of crime and art

Vermeer, Goya, Rembrandt, Rubens - the Beit art collection was worth millions. For decades Sir Alfred and Lady Beit had lived peacefully at Russborough House in Ireland. Until people started stealing their paintings… Of all the canvases at Russborough, it was Vermeer's Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid that most caught the public's imagination. Twice stolen, once by an IRA sympathiser and then by notorious gangster Martin Cahill, it risked being lost from view forever, unless the Garda, together with Scotland Yard and some seasoned international art detectives, could contrive the perfect sting…
Matthew Hart tells the riveting story of the theft and recovery of some of the world's most important art, finding new leads and unexpected connections in the mysterious underworld of international art crime.

Reviews

'Absorbing and fast-moving'

Christopher Hirst, Independent

Formats & editions

  • The Irish Game
    Matthew Hart

    Paperback

    9780099474579

    August 1, 2005

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Irish Game
    Matthew Hart

    Hardback

    9780701177553

    June 1, 2004

    Chatto & Windus

    240 pages

    RRP $49.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781448113774

    December 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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