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The mastermind of the 1913 "Great Pearl Heist" was gentleman jewel thief Joseph Grizzard, a dapper, cigar-smoking career criminal who bought drinks for the undercover policemen tailing him and whom some said could have doubled as Sherlock Holmes' Moriarty. Vowing to capture him was Alfred Ward, the genial, yet relentlessly methodical Scotland Yard Chief Inspector. At stake was the most precious necklace in the world, more valuable even than the Hope Diamond. Adroit tale-spinner Molly Caldwell Crosby (The American Plague) shares one of the most engrossing true crime stories of all-time.