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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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    Would you listen to Flawless again? Why?

    Yes, it's an amazing book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leonard , he is very smart


    What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A clean message from the author


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

    Yes, no one is safe, even the most secure place on earth has risks


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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-12
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    I think these guys should be given all types of immunity for their true version of how they pulled this off just to see if there was anything left out of this list of counter security measures written here. This was genius. This goes to show that there's no such thing as security. Security is only good till someone figures out how to fool it. Man is genius in his pursuit of money, fame and power. This is well told, VERY well researched and well written.

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    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 08-13-11
    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Rickapolis

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    "Slightly flawed"

    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.
    Rick

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    Andrew Old Greenwich, CT, United States 10-26-10
    Andrew Old Greenwich, CT, United States 10-26-10
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    "Flawtastic!"

    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.

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    Dianne South Hobart, Australia 09-24-10
    Dianne South Hobart, Australia 09-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-18-12
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-18-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone looking for a non-descriptive version of true crime.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Selby and Greg Campbell ? Why or why not?

    Sure. Everyone gets a second chance and the subject matter is of my liking.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Hagen’s performances?

    I would not rule it out completely, but he was not my favorite narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flawless?

    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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