The Napoleon of Crime

The Napoleon of Crime

The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief

Book - 1997
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The Victorian era's most infamous thief, Adam Worth was the original Napoleon of crime. Suave, cunning Worth learned early that the best way to succeed was to steal. And steal he did. Following a strict code of honor, Worth won the respect of Victorian society. He also aroused its fear by becoming a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the upper classes, whose valuables he brazenly stole. His most celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a painting Worth adored and often slept with for twenty years. With a brilliant gang that included Piano Charlie, a jewel thief, train robber, and playboy, and the Scratch Becket, master forger, Worth secretly ran operations from New York to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton man finally brought him down.In a decadent age, Worth was an icon. His biography is a grand, dazzling tour into the gaslit underworld of the last century...and into the doomed genius of a criminal mastermind.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus/Giroux, 1997
ISBN: 9780374218997
Branch Call Number: 364.162/WorM


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Jul 24, 2012

Interesting book about the king of thieves, and the one who would become the basis for Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty. It was somewhat difficult to wade through at times and was slightly repetative, but excellent if you are into the history of the underbelly of Victorian life.

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