Flawless

  • 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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An Exciting, Terrific, Nail Biting Ride!

This nail biting ride through the biggest diamond heist in history, from what was thought to be one of the most secure buildings in the world, is Flawless!
Learning about this real-life theft, how it was pulled off, what happened to the thieves, and in the process, gaining insight into the fascinating world of diamond trading is unbelievably interesting.

From Italy to Belgium, we see the design, planning and execution of this complex theft through the eyes of the crooks, the police and the diamond community. Italian crooks, American reporters, Hasidic Jews, honest cops, inept guards and accidental witnesses add up to a fascinating account and an exciting, terrific audio.
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- morton

A true to life thriller - fantastic book!

During the time of the heist detailed in "Flawless", I was in the midst of moving/changing jobs, and most of the news was dominated by the run-up to the Iraq invasion. As a result, I knew and heard very little about this story when it happened. This book was a real treat for me. It is extremely well researched and written, providing as current and accurate an account as can be of a story that needs no embellishment. And as an audiobook, it's top-notch with an excellent job done by the narrator. You'll be captivated, even if you think you know all of the details about this daring heist.

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- Dan

Book Details

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