• by Scott Selby, Greg Campbell
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.
Although the crime was perfect, the getaway was not. The police zeroed in on a band of professional thieves fronted by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an office in the Diamond Center and clandestinely cased its vault for over two years. The who of the crime had been answered, but the how remained largely a mystery.
Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard Law grad and diamond expert, and Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds, who undertook a global goose chase to uncover the true story behind the daring heist. Tracking the threads of the story throughout Europe from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafes and sleek diamond offices, the authors sorted through an array of conflicting details, divergent opinions and incongruous theories to put together the puzzle of what actually happened that Valentines Day weekend.
This real-life Ocean's Eleven, a combination of diamond history, journalistic reportage, and riveting true-crime story, provides a thrilling in-depth study detailing the better-than-fiction heist of the century.


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Everything you'd want in a book about a heist!

A fascinating book which details the genius and the stupidity involved in one of the greatest heists of all time. Incredibly well researched, well written and well narrated. I learnt a fair bit about diamonds in the process, like they're not actually that rare since the advent of modern mining techniques. Debeers hold around 4 billion diamonds in their safe to keep prices artificially high. It's all carefully controlled and if they ever flooded onto the market then Diamonds would be worth very little.
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- Joe

Better than expected...

Having read mixed reviews of this audiobook, i was expecting little. I was pleasantly surprised.

I found the story, the storytelling and the narration all to be engaging. An unabridged edition, i wanted depth of story, and i was not disappointed.

If other reviews have left you unsure of whether or not to buy this audiobook then i suggest the risk is worth it.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC