Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
Antwerp, Belgium is the diamond capital of the world and through the ultra secure Diamond District, millions upon million of dollars worth of gems (80% of the world's available supply) pass daily. The electronic and men-on-the-ground ...more
At 230ish pages, it is pretty fast paced. Lots of nonfiction l ...more
There's some good background here on the diamond industry, and the authors are pretty careful to make it clear in the text what they know for sure and what is con ...more
Whether family heirlooms, personal investments, corporate diamond industry products, blood diamonds, war/ conflict diamonds, or just black diamonds in general... diamonds represent a highly valued method of portable and exchangeable wealth that is not dependent on currency or political stability. The diamond district in Belgium sees much of the diamond traffic that circulates the globe. This book follows the deta ...more
In 2003, a group of Italian thieves broke into a secure vault in Antwerp's Diamond District, and stole what could be valued at $500 million in jewels, precious metals and cash. Author Scott Andrew Selby presents a work of narrative non-fiction, outlining the impressive details of the robbery and how law ...more
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The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Neckl ...more
And they are so close to getting away with it when just a couple of bad coincidences tie them to the crime. An ...more
On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.
Although the crime was perfect, the getaway was not. The police zeroed in on a band of professional thieves fronted by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an office in the Diamond C...more
Shelves: audio, journalism, microhistory, nonfiction, true-crime
I'm a fan of capers and this is a good non-fiction one. Generally I prefer film capers, as there's often too much detail which slows the pace in writing. Here the backstory is fascinating enough--the biographies of the thieves, the story of the diamond industry, Antwerp, and the theft-to hold my interest. There's not a sense of breathless anticipation as the theft details are revealed but a real ...more
I can't even imagine how unbelievably mad I would be if I had pulled off a heist like this only to be immediately unravelled by my trash being discovered by an overzealous old man - who honestly sounded like a massive prick.
Still, the thieves ha ...more