"The heist of the century! Ten years before the recent Brussels diamond theft, daring diamond thieves made off with gems worth almost twice as much. On February 15, 2003, thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in Antwerp, never tripping an alarm, and made off with over $108 million worth of diamonds and other valuables. 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 a mystery. Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard Law grad and diamond expert, and Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds, embarked on a global chase to uncover the true story behind the stunning heist. Tracking the threads of the crime 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. "
by Scott Andrew Selby
by John Selby, Richard Greninger
by Clate Mask, Scott Martineau, Michael E. Gerber
by Jeff Brown, Mark Fenske, Liz Neporent
by Flavio Martins
by Matt Tenney, Tim Gard
by Anthony Boeckh
by Thomas J. Tierney, Joel L. Fleishman
by Tony Carlson
by David McRaney
by Sydney Finkelstein
"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"
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