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

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Crown/Archetype, Apr 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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.
 

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Macintyre illicits your desire to read more about the woman in Adam Worth’s life. It’s all about crime and creatures of habit, love and lust triangles. Read full review

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For those newly interested in Sherlock Holmes due to the new movie, this is a fascinating book about the 19th century criminal mastermind upon whom Arthur Conan Doyle based Prof. Moriarity. Highly recommended for any fans of history, criminology, or Holmes fans. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
27
Section 3
80
Section 4
88
Section 5
98
Section 6
110
Section 7
110
Section 8
110
Section 13
171
Section 14
215
Section 15
222
Section 16
222
Section 17
222
Section 18
250
Section 19
261
Section 20
269

Section 9
110
Section 10
117
Section 11
129
Section 12
145
Section 21
300
Section 22
301
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About the author (2011)

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of the wartime espionage trilogy.

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