The Art of the Heist

The Art of the Heist : Confessions of a Master Thief

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"A gripping tell-all....A fascinating look inside the mind of an unrepentant criminal."
--Washington Post

"One of the most beguiling criminal memoirs ever written....A rare gem of a book."
--T. J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne

America's most notorious art thief, Boston-based Myles Connor, tells the unapologetic true story of his life of crime in The Art of the Heist. Co-written with acclaimed author Jenny Siler, Connor's eye-opening memoirs offer readers a rare, detailed, and intimate look into the mindset of a master criminal--a cat burglar, thief, and con man, veteran of numerous brazen museum heists, who shares the unparalleled "rush" of a life lived on the far side of the law.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061672297
  • 9780061672293
  • 389,045

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From his daring 1965 jail break at age 22 to his legendary career pilfering treasures from museums all over New England, Connor s life is the stuff of adventure novels. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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"There's a rush to it, an elevation of the senses. . . . It's a sweet feeling, one I'll never get tired of, not on my twentieth heist, or my fiftieth, or my hundredth."

Once a promising young rock musician, the son of a decorated policeman, Myles Connor became one of Boston's most notorious criminals--a legendary art thief with irresistible charm and a genius IQ whose approach to his chosen profession mixed brilliant tactical planning with stunning bravado, brazen disguises, audaciously elaborate con jobs, and even the broad-daylight grab-and-dash. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston's Museum of Fine Art . . .no museum was off-limits. The fact that he was in jail at the time of the largest art theft in American history--the still-unsolved robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum--has not stopped the FBI from considering him a prime suspect. Optioned for film by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director William Monahan (The Departed), The Art of the Heist is Connor's story--part confession, part thrill ride, and impossible to put down.
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