Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
Genre: True Crime
Original Publish Date: Mar 23, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.20 hours)
Product Number: Z100057553
Released: Jul 18, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469087955
Narrator/s: Don Hagen
Publisher: Gildan Media, Inc
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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 Center and clandestinely cased its vault for over two years. The “who” of the crime had been answered, but the “how” remained largely a mystery. Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard Law grad and diamond expert, and Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds, who undertook a global goose chase to uncover the true story behind the daring heist. Tracking the threads of the story throughout Europe-from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafes and sleek diamond offices-the authors sorted through an array of conflicting details, divergent opinions and incongruous theories to put together the puzzle of what actually happened that Valentine's Day weekend. This real-life Ocean's Eleven-a combination of diamond history, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story-provides a thrilling in-depth study detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.

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Professional reviews

"Belgian police stared at the chaos inside an impenetrable vault after an auspicious weekend break-in in early 2003. The huge safe in Antwerp's diamond district had been emptied of all but a few precious scraps the thieves couldn't carry. The clock then turns back to follow the steps of Leonardo Notarbartolo, an experienced Italian criminal, as he studies and plans the greatest heist ever carried out. Narrator Don Hagen's deep, sandy voice and meticulous enunciation relate a modern-day ballad of outlaws robbing a bank. Like the crooks' preparations, Hagen's methodical pace allows listeners to enjoy every step of the true crime and its untidy aftermath. Would-be burglars could learn a lot from this audiobook. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"