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Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History | [Scott Selby, Greg Campbell]

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 Valentines 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.

©2010 Scott Selby (P)2010 Gildan

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    Amazon Customer Hampton, VA 01-21-15
    Amazon Customer Hampton, VA 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One little mistake"

    the story is extraordinary, what is more extraordinary is that a group of master thieves would make a series of OPSEC mistakes that would undo everything.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-02-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Five hours into it no heist!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not I didn't want to hear everything possible about diamonds, security breeches and all that. I wanted to read about the supposed largest diamond heist.


    If you’ve listened to books by Scott Selby and Greg Campbell before, how does this one compare?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Don Hagen’s performance?

    He was so monotonous.


    Do you think Flawless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Are you kidding?


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to hear about a great heist, find another book.

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    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-10-13
    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Near Flawless"
    If you could sum up Flawless in three words, what would they be?

    Summing the book in three words contradicts the requirements of 15 words minimum. Great overall story of the theft along with the workings of the diamond world. Although it is written like the story is completey accurate the reality is that the story is not flawless. The story is all based upon evidence and accounts other than those of the crinimals. When the book concludes it becomes evident that the real story from the thieves perspective was never told. But that is also part of intrigue as you do not come to that fimr conclusion until the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flawless?

    The ah ha moment when the determined they could get into the safe.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was a good narration with no character voices. Nice for a change from the narrators who perform versus narrate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Found myself pulling for the main character


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    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 03-26-13
    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting, but drags at the end"

    I stopped listening once arrests were made; the last third of the book held no mystery, and so I lost interest.

    The planning and execution of the heist was enthralling, though.

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 03-22-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good look into the details of the heist"

    This isnt really a fast paced book. Doesnt have danger and daring exploits. But it is an interesting look into the crime and attempted getaway. Kids, dont try this at home! but its ok to listen to.

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    Raj 03-21-13
    Raj 03-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "All about Diamond Business"
    What made the experience of listening to Flawless the most enjoyable?

    A book about the Diamond business and those who find incredible ways to get their hands on 'the goods'.


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    Mary Dixon Upstate, NY 03-13-13
    Mary Dixon Upstate, NY 03-13-13
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    "Interesting subject."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - probably -


    Would you recommend Flawless to your friends? Why or why not?

    A little boring.


    Any additional comments?

    For such an incredibly fascinating subject - the presentation was boring and draggy.

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    Wilbur Southfield, MI, United States 03-12-13
    Wilbur Southfield, MI, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend, I found the planning of the heist interesting.


    What aspect of Don Hagen’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing.


    Did Flawless inspire you to do anything?

    I'm inspired to rob a bank. Just kidding. No it didn't, but reminds me a how well thought out plan can go, and how it's the little overlooked things that can kill everything.


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    Michael 03-11-13
    Michael 03-11-13
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    "Fair to middlin'"

    What I thought was going to be an exciting thriller, advertised as "the largest diamond heist in history", was rather flat both in story and in the reading. The details of the planning and the heist itself were described as if our "school of Turin" was a crew of plumbers off to replace the fixtures in a customer's bathroom. And to have the apparently successful heist come undone within twenty-four hours because the masterminds were careless about their trash was disappointing. Even I know to be careful of my credit card receipts before they get tossed into the kitchen waste basket. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough, and he read clearly, but even he seemed a little bored by the mechanics of the operation. Interesting, to a point, but definitely not thrilling.

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    Sallie 02-21-13
    Sallie 02-21-13
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    "Interesting and informative"

    A few have stated that the first section about the history and process of diamonds was boring. Yes, it was not the most exciting part of the book but learning about the history is fascinating. The heist, trials, etc. were very interesting, I love non-fiction like this. I need to go watch Oceans 11 again. They are not the exact same story, but some of the "real" story was used in the movie.

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