Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

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Union Square Press, 2010 - True Crime - 319 pages
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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 cafés 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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Review: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

User Review  - Charles Morgan - Goodreads

Awesome x 10!! Simply amazing how methodically planned this heist was. Also shows how the depth of human will can go towards any goal: however illegal. I do not condone or idolize these crooks; Quite ... Read full review

Review: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

In "Where the Money Is", reviewed previously on this list, author and former FBI bank robbery expert differentiated between stickups and capers. The planning and elegance that went into the 2003 ... Read full review


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Campbell is a freelance journalist and former editor of the Boulder Weekly.

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