Jan 06, 08
heist movie/book fans
Read in December, 2007
** spoiler alert **
A fictionalized version of a real crime in Victorian England that took almost a year to plan. The conception and execution of the many components of the crime were entertaining; if you liked that aspect of the movie The Sting you'll likely enjoy tis book. The book frequently sets up a scene and then goes into the historical background and context for the place or event: public hangings, dogfights, the police force.
While the mastermind of the crime is a little to immoral for me to consider a "charming rogue" sort of character (at one point he pimps a twelve-year old, twelve being the age of consent in Britain at the time according to the author) his intellect and audacity is enjoyable.
I heard this book on CD and would recommend it for trips.