The Van Gogh Scam by Roy Munday

Residents of a care home are facing eviction. Their only chance of salvation - create a Van Gogh masterpiece and sell it in a scam

Danny Roberts’ art career is going nowhere.
He’s penniless; his wife has walked out on him and he’s a crap teaching job in the Three Elms care home - whoes owner is quietly murdering the residents to gain their remaining assests to solve her financial problems.
A group of misguided residents, unaware that they are being quietly killed off and led by ex-conman Alfie Edwards, come up with a plan they believe will rescue their home from bankruptcy.
If Danny can fake a long lost Van Gogh painting, it can be used in a sophisticated scam and raise the millions needed to rescue the home. Danny Roberts is horrified at the suggestion, but eventually is persuaded by Alfie, and the scam is set in motion.
Oh, and just one of the problems to overcome. First, they’ve got to steal the original Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting from London’s National Gallery!
This story moves at a pace through both the low and the high end of the international art world where the provenance of a piece of art is everything and where everyone is willing to bend the rules in order to gain either prestige or money.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 2, 2010
  • Last updated May 2, 2010
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  • Retired user
    Linda Lou [Retired] wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    Hullo Roy. You are a dedicated historian, one of the reasons I enjoy writing about someone I have never really thought about beyond the art that he created. Your MS gives an inside look a this personality and the way Van Gogh interacted with those around him. Very good and easily starred. Please consider my non-fiction and thanks for that. LLL

  • D K Willis's avatar
    D K Willis wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Roy, This is a terrific idea and it is well executed. I can't help but think that an enterprising producer would snatch up the film rights to this in a hurry. I think it would translate to the screen beautifully, and that would hopefully encourage more people to read the book. I hope your book gets the recognition it deserves. Backed with pleasure.


  • Tom Balderston's avatar
    Tom Balderston wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    This is a great story-line. Some question on the plausibility of an owner taking the assets of nursing home residents. One, they generally have little, and their family is waiting for whatever is left. The family also watches owners very closly, especially those with money. But this should be engaging. Quite a caper.
    Tom Balderston
    The Wonder of Terra

  • Retired user
    DP Walker [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Roy
    This is a great idea for a plot - thrilling, entertaining and quite humorous at the same time. I love the cover but are you allowed to use it? Just a thought. Copyright and all that. You've managed to create a book with loads going on, but it's a smooth read at the same time.
    DP Walker
    Five Dares

  • Jayne Lind's avatar
    Jayne Lind wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Roy - I seldom gush on this forum, but this is outstanding, incredibly interesting, and very well written. I hope it gets published and sells lots of copies! Really good. Jayne

  • Raymond Crane's avatar
    Raymond Crane wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Your pitch needs some working on - there are some errors - but i LIKE it so I'm backing it - please have a look at my books - thank you and good luck !

  • Su Dan's avatar
    Su Dan wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    you idea to begin with a letter is a good one. it sets up something real and serious. very good good work...
    su SEASONS...

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Roy, I enjoyed reading some of your book, which I thought sat nicely in the great British comedy genre, as well as being a thrilling read.
    Vincent van Gogh is a very popular artist. Your story deserves to be popular, too, although perhaps not quite as popular as him.
    Backed and on my shelf.
    Best wishes, Barry
    Little Krisna and the Bihar Boys

  • Elizabeth Wolfe's avatar
    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Your cover is great - I'm a big Van Gogh fan. This is a fun thriller with interesting twists in the plot. BACKED - Elizabeth Wolfe (Memories of Glory)

  • Famlavan's avatar
    Famlavan wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    To say that this has a comic element to it also has a lot of depth and knowledge.
    Thought the Van Gogh almost pre-teach was very good, engaging and entertainingly informative. I thought the structure of this book was very good as was the style it was written in. – Great story well told. – Good luck.

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    Burgio [Retired] wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    VAN GOGH CONSPIRACY This is a clever idea for a story: a nursing home in financial trouble, a starving artist, a mix of older adults whose lives are in danger . . . I like the way you begin this with Van Gogh. It sets an interesting tone for the whole story. I also like stories that present older adults in a positive light and this story does that well (with the exception of Gloria). I pictured a movie as ...
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  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Roy, your prologue was interesting and powerful enough to sweep me into the first chapter. Nothing to fault in those two sections.

    Shelved with pleasure.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

  • Roy Munday's avatar
    Roy Munday Author wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    Hello Rosalind, many thanks for your positive comments on The Van Gogh Conspiracy. Much appreciated. Will take a look at your book, though it will be a few days. Am very busy with my own art project at the moment. Best wishes, Roy[QUOTE] Delightful idea, and you've done some research. It was great to have the Prologue, too. the dialogue runs along nicely in Ch 5. Well done - amusing. A couple of typos in 2 - goes for go ...
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  • Lara's avatar
    Lara wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Delightful idea, and you've done some research. It was great to have the Prologue, too. the dialogue runs along nicely in Ch 5. Well done - amusing. A couple of typos in 2 - goes for go and draw for drawer.

    Good Luck. Heartily backed
    Good for Him - another easy read but not such fun

  • zan's avatar
    zan wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    The Van Gogh Conspiracy Roy Munday I love your plot. Very inventive of you to come up with such a scam! The prologue is nicely done with Van Gogh's descent into another period of madness. Some pretty intensive research must have gone into this part. Nicely done and I could easily carry on reading your complete upload if I had the time. May this gain enough visibiity here to enable you to find an agent/publisher. Much impressed and happy to ...
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  • A Knight's avatar
    A Knight wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Excellent premise. It gripped me right from the start. Vivid descriptions made this incredibly believable, and this was supported by some excellent and believable characterisation. It's quirky and funny, without descending into the absurd, and makes for a fresh piece in the genre.

    Fantastic work.
    Abi xxx

  • Eveleen's avatar
    Eveleen wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Murder in a care home. Well, it happens in real life too, backed, hope you've time to read mine.

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    yasmin esack [Retired] wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Your short pitch does nOT do this fine work justice
    backed with pleasure

  • AuthorTom's avatar
    AuthorTom wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Backed with confidence! Tom Ryerson (Carnal Wreckage)

  • eloraine's avatar
    eloraine wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    The pitch pulled me in and carried me effortlessly through, well written. Backed. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one