By Ben Macintyre
He's the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
He is the organizer of part that's evil and of approximately all that's undetected during this nice city.
He is a genius, a thinker, an summary philosopher. . . .
--Sherlock Holmes on Professor Moriarty in "The ultimate Problem"
The Victorian era's such a lot notorious thief, Adam worthy was once the unique Napoleon of crime. artful, crafty worthy realized early that the way to be triumphant used to be to scouse borrow. And thieve he did.
Following a strict code of honor, worthy gained the distinction of Victorian society. He additionally aroused its worry through changing into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher sessions, whose valuables he overtly stole. His such a lot celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy loved and infrequently slept with for twenty years.
With an excellent gang that incorporated "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, teach robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, grasp forger, worthy secretly ran operations from long island to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton guy eventually introduced him down.
In a decadent age, worthy used to be an icon. His biography is a grand, unbelievable journey into the gaslit underworld of the final century. . . and into the doomed genius of a legal mastermind.
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The Australian Copyright Act 1968 (the Act) allows a maximum of one chapter or 10 per cent of this book, whichever is the greater, to be photocopied by any educational institution for its educational purposes provided that the educational institution (or body that administers it) has given a remuneration notice to Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) under the Act. au ISBN 978 1 74175 964 8 Set in 11/15 pt Utopia by Post Pre-press Group, Australia Printed in Australia by McPherson’s Printing Group 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Contents Cast of Characters List of Operations and Organisations 1 Out of Africa 2 Rat in the Ranks 3 Enter the Grocer 4 Reservoir Dogs 5 Maurice and Myrtle 6 Getting Closer 7 Rice Man 8 Last Drinks 9 Fallout 10 Behind Bars 11 Trial 12 Twenty-two Years Acknowledgements Cast of Characters European players Louis Aurik Dutch police officer Jan Boersma Dutch investigator/commissioner Rene Asbeek Brusse Dutch builder (codenamed Bob the Builder) Eric the Fatman Belgian drug man ‘Fat Ron’ and Foxtrot (codenames) Hogan associate and codename Foxtrot (codenames) for the leader of the Dutch drug syndicate ‘Hogan’ (alias) British-born criminal; registered informant of the NSW Crime Commission.
Standen is one of the most senior and experienced law enforcers in the country, he keeps telling himself. Mark Standen had served the AFP with distinction, and since working with the NSW Crime Commission has been a highly respected member of the crime-fighting fraternity—entrusted with unearthing international criminals and tracking their syndicates and drug runs, not joining them. Morris orders his three intelligence agents to keep searching the records and either prove or disprove any suspicions.
This is Kershaw’s final investigation in the post, having recently handed over the top posting to another agent, Peter Bodel. The British Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a high-profile but secretive body overseeing intelligence-led criminal investigations and answering directly to the Home Office, suspected Hogan had rejoined the European underworld. Worse still, he was telling anyone who would listen—including their undercover officers—that he was an informant of ‘Australian police’ and was untouchable.