Diamond Geezers: The Inside Story of the Crime of the Millennium

  • by Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by Colin Mace
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time since that extraordinary day, investigative journalist Kris Hollington lays bare the bones of the case, using exclusive, in-depth interviews with the Diamond Geezers, the police, Dome workers, and De Beers employees to get to the heart of the heist. Discover who was crazy enough to want to buy the hottest diamonds in the world, as well as the shocking secrets of the planet's most precious diamond collection.
From the crime's conception and execution to the notorious trial and appeal, it's a gripping account of a remarkable true crime.


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Customer Reviews

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Fun, insightful, and atmopsheric

(I normally rate a good book as 3 stars, so 4 stars means it's very good)

As a former Dome employee who was there on the day the attack happened, I was very interested to hear more about the planning behind the raid, as well as happily reminding myself of what it was like down on the Greenwich peninsula back in 2000.

I agree with everything the previous reviewer has already said. The narrator is good, and does an excellent job of using different voices/ accents to bring to life the various characters involved. The pace of the book is good, and manages to blend a minute-by-minute account of the raid itself with chapters looking more at the diamond industry, the ineptitude of some private security companies, and the atmospherics of the year 2000 and the New Labour government of the time.

The previous reviewer has also got it spot on - the author clearly wants to promote the romantic image of the east end gangster; fans of lock stock etc. will feel very at home here. That being said, from my personal experience and that of my colleagues, I can say that - regardless of what the gangsters meant - smashing a JCB through the wall of a building with no knowledge of who was on the other side was a truly frightening moment and I think the author is not being impartial enough when explaining how no-one was in any real danger.

But it's hard to fault the book too much - it's pacy, funny, insightful, and atmospheric. Well worth it!

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- P. E. Haynes

Pretty guff

What disappointed you about Diamond Geezers: The Inside Story of the Crime of the Millennium?

The story isnt that exciting, its a foiled raid which takes about 1 hr to tell. The rest of the time is padding with occasional seemingly less relevant tales.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kris Hollington again?

Sure, this is just one not so great title.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Colin Mace?

Narrator was ok, voices well attempted but pretty duff

Any additional comments?

I kept going back to this thinking it was going to go somewhere but it doesnt, the main story is told with 5 hours still to run and it literally just pads out. The idea of of the big diamond theft is exciting but really the story is not. I kept assuming there was a big twist but No. They literally drive a jcb into the dome and get arrested, the end.

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- alexander

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios