Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell covers the 2003 diamond (and other pretty things) heist in Antwerp that is still one of the largest thefts ever. This book gives readers a close-up look at how the perpetrators plotted and carried out the job, from how they obtained blueprints to how they, in the end, screwed up and only sort of got caught.

I really got into the parts that chronicled how the thieves bypassed the vault's security, and enjoyed the analysis of how the building housing a number of gem and jewelry dealers didn't live up to its secure potential. The inside peek at the diamond industry, too, was informative. The writing is a bit repetitive--it's necessary to repeat some details for the reader to recall an important detail, but I thought that sentences and paragraphs came back pretty much wholesale.

Still, if you're interested in an exciting read that goes well beyond petty crime, I recommend this.

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