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

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

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


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307886477
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 275,916
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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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Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Magus215 More than 1 year ago
It was a treat to read about the con man/theif that inspire A. Conan Doyle to create Professor Moriarty. I recommend this book to all my Sherlockian friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this tale but warn that it drags a bit in the middle. There are many players - at times too many. But the tale is good and shines light on a bit of history most never realized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This writer is absolutely incredible. This book is impossible to put down. It reads like a finely written novel, rather than a work of non-fiction. I will continue to seek out any other works by this author. I would read ANYTHING written by him. He is a veryskilled story-teller, someone I have read all his books written to date,and I intend to follow him from here on. In the future, I'll jump on any new book as soon as they are released.Ifyou are looking for an author you can always count on for quality literature, look no further!!! KD
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