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“'Fake' is great fun, offering a peek into a world of glitz that most of us will never glimpse firsthand." —Washington Post

From the author of The Boys’ Club, a gripping novel set in the high-stakes world of art forgery that moves across the globe, from the trendy art galleries of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood to the high-flying international art fairs of Hong Kong.

Can you spot the difference? 

Emma Caan is a fake. 

She’s a forger, an artist who specializes in nineteenth-century paintings. But she isn’t a criminal; her copies are commissioned by museums and ultra-wealthy collectors protecting their investments. Emma’s more than mastered a Gauguin brushstroke and a van Gogh wheat field, but her work is sometimes a painful reminder of the artistic dreams she once chased for herself, when she was younger and before her family and her world fell apart. 

When oligarch art collector Leonard Sobetsky unexpectedly appears with an invitation, Emma sees a way out—a new job, a new path for herself, and access to the kind of money she needs to support her unstable and recently widowed mother. 

But every invitation incurs an obligation . . . and Emma isn’t prepared for what’s to come. As she’s pulled further into Leonard’s opulent scene, she will discover what’s lurking beneath the glitz and glamour. When she does, the past she’s worked hard to overcome will collide with the present, making her wonder how much of her carefully curated life is just as fake as her forgeries . . .

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Fast, sharp and utterly compulsive." - Chandler Baker

"A gripping, glittering deep dive into one artist's present - and the past that she can't quite escape. Fake will transport you across the globe, exposing what really lies under the glamour of this decadent art scene. Evocative, entertaining, and highly original, with writing that will keep readers turning pages and perpetually questioning what's real - and what isn't." - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

"A fast-paced ride through the glitz and glamour of New York's art scene. Gripping and heartfelt, Fake will probe readers to consider what's real in a world where the images we portray are more carefully curated than ever." - Carola Lovering

"Erica Katz's Fake is a propulsive and engrossing portrait of a young artist's struggle for verity in a world dominated by illusion. Katz's evocative writing and vivid depiction of the art world make Fake a truly phenomenal book you won't want to miss!" - Katherine St John

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