In 1978 seven Norman Rockwell paintings and a supposed Renoir, later discovered to be a forgery, were stolen from Elayne Galleries in St. Louis Park. No one was ever convicted of the crime. This is the story of the theft, the investigation, and the successful twenty-year quest to return the art to its rightful owners.
The FBI suspected an inside job. Was it the scrappy working mother who owned the gallery? The owner of one of the paintings, who had a checkered past? A band of well-known and very talented Minneapolis burglars? What about organized crime, which had the channels and expertise to fence the works or to hold them hostage?