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
This is an interesting story, and I liked learning about the background of the diamond trade. I think most of us enjoy a good heist yarn, especially if no one is injured. I only gave it four starts because of the narrator. It seemed that Don Hagen was on the verge of falling asleep throughout. A story as exciting as this needs a reader that provides some excitement and Hagen fell far short of that. Otherwise, a strong recommend.
My top audible book of the year. Well researched, good narration and an amazing story. Edge of your seat storytelling. A fascinating and engrossing listen.
This is a terrific book! Written in a really vivid style, I felt like I was watching when the heist occurred. It was informative, but not in a boring way. Fascinating throughout.
Someone looking for a non-descriptive version of true crime.
Sure. Everyone gets a second chance and the subject matter is of my liking.
I would not rule it out completely, but he was not my favorite narrator.
I think I would have kept the scenes, but possibly added a few to give more details/background of the other members of the heist.
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