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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "A""SPY AMONG FRIENDS" "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.


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    Title
    The Napoleon of Crime
    Subtitle
    The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Macintyre
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 362
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307886460
    ISBN 10: 0307886468
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    DC21: 364.162092
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: C39208200
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000, BIO006000
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    DC22: 364.16/2092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    LC classification: HV6653.W67 M33 2010
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, frontispiece
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    05 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating...a brisk, lively, colorful biography of an amazing criminal." "--The New York Times" "Adam Worth, the greatest thief of the 19th century, could have furnished the basis of a great novel...Ben Macintyre has given him a biography that reads like one." "--Los Angeles Times Book Review" A "New York Times" Notable Book