The Thieves' Opera by Lucy Moore
The Mesmerizing Story of Two Notorious Criminals in Eighteenth-Century London

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The criminal underworld of Georgian London, the notorious “Thief-Taker” Jonathan Wild, and infamous housebreaker Jack Sheppard are the subjects in this deftly told history.

About Lucy Moore

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Lucy Moore is an author and broadcaster whose work includes the bestselling Maharanis: The Lives & Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Observer, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, and has presented series for the BBC and Sky.
Published August 13, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Says Moore of Wild and his pas de deux with such individuals as Sheppard, a housebreaker: “Wild knew as much about their actions as they did, and they learned not to disobey or deceive him.” The rebellious Sheppard’s ascendant career would be closely tied with Wild’s eventual downfall, and Moore’...

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English criminal mastermind Jonathan Wild invented the ''double-cross'' and the modern crime empire, blackmailing members of his ''Corporation of Thieves'' and its victims with equally ruthless abandon.

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