The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable N ecklace

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In the summer of 1913, under the cover of London's perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each other - a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detective - in the greatest jewel heist of the new century.  In the spirit of The Great Train Robbery and the tales of Sherlock Holmes, this is the true story of a psychological cat and mouse game set against the backdrop of London's golden Edwardian era.  Thoroughly researched, compellingly colorful, The Great Pearl Heist is a gripping narrative account of a little-known, yet extraordinary crime.

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In researching my second book, Asleep, I became fascinated with this time period--the historical tipping point of 1913, the end of a golden age.  I ran across the story of the pearl heist in newspaper coverage from that year and loved the idea.  It's rare to come across a historical, true story in which no one knows the ending.  While the plot alone seemed ready-made for a book, I also loved the chance to delve deeper into Scotland Yard history and their relatively new detective unit.  And it's hard not to love the gentleman thief--one who finds honest work for his gang members when they need it and financially supports the family of any gang member sent to prison. That proved to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing this book--the characters are all so likable (well, almost all of them). It was a pleasure to be able to live in their world--1913 London--for the three years that I researched and wrote this book. And I was genuinely sad to see how much their lives changed as World War I descended upon London.  The war, however, and its major impact on the city is also what left this gem of a story undiscovered for so long--and for that I am grateful.

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Molly Caldwell Crosby is the national bestselling author of Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries and The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History, which has been nominated for several awards. Crosby holds a master of arts degree in nonfiction and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and previously worked for National Geographic magazine. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Health, and USA Today, among others.  

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