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The Napoleon of Crime by Ben Macintyre
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Sep 06, 2010

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Read from March 09 to 12, 2011

If you're skillful enough to earn the respect of the Pinkerton Detective agency and become the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Moriarty... you've led quite a life. There are some interesting snippets in the book for sure but the middle plods on forever (2 stars for easily 100 pages) with some of the losers associated with Worth in his criminal dealings. The best parts are the relationship between Worth and William Pinkerton, the theft of the Duchess painting, and Worth's odd relationship with the painting keeping it with him in the false bottom of a chest wherever he traveled. I hoped for more from a Ben MacIntyre book but there's only so much you can do with your non-fiction material.
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