The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

Ben Macintyre


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He is 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.  Suave, crafty worthy realized early that tips on how to be successful was once to steal.  And scouse borrow he did.

Following a strict code of honor, worthy received the honor of Victorian society.  He additionally aroused its worry by way of changing into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher sessions, whose valuables he overtly stole.  His so much celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy cherished and sometimes 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 manhattan to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton guy ultimately introduced him down.

In a decadent age, worthy was once an icon.  His biography is a grand, excellent travel into the gaslit underworld of the final century.  .  .  and into the doomed genius of a felony mastermind.

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