Flawless by Scott Andrew Selby
Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

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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 cafés 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 Valentine’s 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.

 

About Scott Andrew Selby

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Scott Andrew Selby is the co-author of Flawless:Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters degree in Human Rights and Intellectual Property from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Sweden's Lund University.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Sterling. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Selby and Campbell (Blood Diamonds: Tracing The Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones, 2002, etc.) provide an engrossing nonfiction thriller with a truly improbable story at its center, but they also provide a colorful look at the shadowy world of the diamond trade—how they’re graded, s...

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Campbell, the author of Blood Diamonds , teams with fellow blood diamond expert and lawyer Selby for a fascinating chronicle of the $108 million theft at the Antwerp Diamond Center on February 15, 2003.

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The authors' reconstruction of a true-life crime follows a familiar heist-film pattern: a foolproof plan, elegant execution and a few careless mistakes

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Tracking the threads of the story throughout Europe—from Belgium to Italy, in seedy cafés 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 Valentine’s Day wee...

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