"This beautifully paced book, a history of the painting and all the people who've owned it, reads like a thriller."

- Marcus Berkmann, Mail on Sunday

"Narrated with great gusto and formidably researched detail."

- Charles Nicholl, Guardian

"Forensically detailed and gripping investigation."

- Michael Prodger, Sunday Times

"A deliciously detailed, satisfying book."

- Aoibheann Sweeney, Irish Times