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The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A SPY AMONG FRIENDS

He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.

He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city.

He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. . . .

--Sherlock Holmes on Professor Moriarty in "The Final Problem"

The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth was the original Napoleon of crime.  Suave, cunning Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal.  And steal he did.

Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society.  He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole.  His most celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a painting Worth adored and often slept with for twenty years.

With a brilliant gang that included "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, train robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, master forger, Worth secretly ran operations from New York to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton man finally brought him down.

In a decadent age, Worth was an icon.  His biography is a grand, dazzling tour into the gaslit underworld of the last century.  .  .  and into the doomed genius of a criminal mastermind.

About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London and bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307886460
Author:
Macintyre, Ben
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
biography;history;crime;non-fiction;true crime;sherlock holmes
Subject:
biography;history;crime;non-fiction;true crime;sherlock holmes;19th century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .83 in .7 lb

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History and Social Science » Crime » General

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