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In 1976, Albert Spaggiari engineered the European crime of the century - a bank heist in Nice accomplished "without guns, without violence, without hate." Spaggiari and his gang of 20 men dug a 25-foot tunnel from the city's sewer system into the bank and lifted about $10 million in gold, jewelry, gems, and cash. Tracked down and captured, Spaggiari escaped from the French police by jumping out a window and onto the back of a motorcycle. Convicted in absentia and sentenced to life in prison, Spaggiari retired to a ranch in Argentina, but continued to taunt the European authorities for more than a decade. He died mysteriously in 1989, and the loot was never recovered. Here, authors Ken Follett (Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca) and René L. Maurice tell the breathtaking, compelling story of Spaggiari, his "sewer gang," and the most daring, outrageous theft of our time.
Copyright ©1978, 1986 by Star Agency; Copyright (P)1991 by Dove Audio
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By Robert on 05-30-08

Under the Streets of Nice

THIS IS NOT A KEN FOLLETT BOOK! French authors Ren?-Louis Maurice and Jean-Claude Simo?n wrote the book Cinq Milliards au bout de l'?gout (1977) about Spaggiari's bank heist in Nice. Their work was translated in 1978 by the British author Ken Follett as The Heist of the Century (also published as The Gentleman of 16 July and Under the Streets of Nice). To the outrage of Ken Follett some publishers brought it out as a new Ken Follett book, while it was in fact little more than a rushed through translation

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By FlyingMonkeyMistress on 04-24-10

Bad Audio the best thing....

Okay, you got a credit...Ken Follett and Roddy McDowell! Got to have it!!! Well, put that credit back in your pocket, Hoss. The story might have been worth it if Follett had done ALL of the writing. The background information was waaaaaaaaaaay too exacting and waaaaaaaaaay too long. BORING!!!!
I love that Roddy McDowell was narrating. He has such a good command of the English & French languages. With all that said, they must have recorded this book in a London tube loo. I had to keep the volume turned up all the way and then most of the time I could only decipher every other word or so.
This, I'm sad to say was the waste of a monthly credit.

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By Mrs Barbara guy on 12-30-17


Not the usual gripping read from Ken Follett. But the narration by Roddy McDowell was superb. This was a variation of the Great train robbery, very disappointing.

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