By Greg Campbell, Scott Andrew Selby
On February 15, 2003, a gaggle of thieves broke into an allegedly hermetic vault within the foreign diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million money worthy of diamonds and different valuables. They did so with out tripping an alarm or injuring a unmarried safeguard within the process.
Although the crime was once ideal, the getaway used to be now not. The police zeroed in on a band thieves fronted through Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an workplace within the Diamond middle and clandestinely cased its vault for over years. The “who" of the crime were replied, however the “how" remained mostly a mystery.
Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard legislations grad and diamond professional, and Greg Campbell, writer of Blood Diamonds, who undertook an international goose chase to discover the genuine tale in the back of the bold heist. monitoring the threads of the tale all through Europe—from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafés and modern diamond offices—the authors taken care of via an array of conflicting info, divergent critiques and incongruous theories to place jointly the puzzle of what really occurred that Valentine's Day weekend.
This real-life Ocean's Eleven—a mixture of diamond background, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story—provides an exciting in-depth learn detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.
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