The Pierre Hotel Affair: How Eight Gentlemen Thieves Plundered $28 Million in the Largest Jewel Heist in History

The Pierre Hotel Affair: How Eight Gentlemen Thieves Plundered $28 Million in the Largest Jewel Heist in History

by Daniel Simone, Nick Sacco


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The startling and sensational true story of the most famous unsolved heist in American history: the theft of $28 million in jewels from the Pierre Hotel.

New York City, 1972.

Bobby Comfort and Sammy “the Arab” Nalo were highly skilled jewel thieves who specialized in robbing luxury Manhattan hotels. (They once robbed Sophia Loren’s suite, relieving the Italian actress of over $1 million in gems.) With the blessing of the Lucchese crime family, their next plot targeted the posh Pierre Hotel—host to kings and queens, presidents and aldermen, and the wealthiest of the wealthy.

Attired in tuxedoes and driven in a limousine, this band of thieves arrived at the Pierre and with perfect timing, they seized the security guards and, in systematically choreographed moves, they swiftly took the night staff—and several unfortunate guests who happened to be roaming around the lobby—as hostages.

The deposit boxes inside the vault chamber are plundered and, after the intruders have held the Pierre under siege for almost two hours, the gentlemanly thieves depart in their limousine with a haul of $28 million. But then matters begin to deteriorate. Comfort, Nalo, and their partners begin to double and triple cross one another—two absconding to Europe with the bulk of the booty while three are murdered by their former associates.

The authorities immediately suspect Comfort and Nalo of masterminding the Pierre ambush and arrest them, but these veteran criminals keep their mouths shut. To ensure that they are not prosecuted, the Lucchese Family funnels a $500,000 bribe to the presiding judge to quash the charges—and to this day The Pierre Hotel caper remains unsolved.

A suspenseful narrative of Mafia intrigue, police corruption, and personal betrayal—which concludes with a poignant love affair—this is the true story of the most famous hotel robbery in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774022
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Before becoming a writer, Daniel Simone was an aerospace engineer who worked on the Apollo lunar modules. Besides having ghostwritten the biographies of two prominent actresses, he is the author of The Lufthansa Heist. Daniel lives in Amagansett, New York.

As a young operator in Lucchese crime family, Nick 'the Cat' Sacco specialized in jewel thefts. But he had a distinctive quality; he never harmed any of his victims. Sacco is the sole surviving bandit of the famed Pierre Hotel siege and robbery. When he entered the Witness ProtectionProgram in 1974, Sacco was one of wealthiest and most wanted jewel thieves in America.

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DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
The true story of eight men and the largest jewel heist in history! My thanks go out to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my copy of this book! Rock on! In early 1972, Samuel Nalo and Robert Comfort, an associate of the Lucchese Crime Family, Christie 'the Tic' Furnari, and other members of the gang carried out a robbery that has become legend! The target was the Pierre Hotel and $3 million in cash and jewels. Previously, the pair had been involved in the theft of $1 million in jewelry and cash from the Sherry Netherland Hotel, and major robberies/burglaries at other hotels including the Regency Hotel, the Drake Hotel, the Carlyle Hotel and the St. Regis. Nalo was a master planner and seemed to be the gang’s leader, but Comfort was also a major organizer. In all, eight men joined together to make the assault on the riches held in the hotel’s safety deposit boxes: the afore mentioned Nalo, Comfort, and Fumari, along with Fumari associate Robert Germaine, Ali Ben, Al Green, and Nick Sacco. Germaine dressed as a chauffeur and stayed outside as lookout. Entering the hotel dressed to the nines in tuxedos and using the name “Doctor Foster and party,” the gang quickly rounded up hotel employees. After robbing the vault, the thieves gave each hotel employee a small amount of cash and fled into the night. This was the moment the plan began to fall apart… The planning and execution of this robbery and the breakdown of the gang as they turned on each other makes for some exciting reading. If I had one complaint about the book, it is that it goes into perhaps too much detail. I feel that perhaps forty pages could have been shaved off of the 402 page length. It’s not boring, per se, but it could be tightened somewhat. This is just one man’s opinion, you understand. All in all it was a satisfying read, and I will likely revisit the book at a later date! The book really brings out the characters, and that is perhaps better than the details of the crime! I give the book four stars! Quoth the Raven…