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Title: The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet: The Great Victorian Jewel Thief.
Description: London, Century. 2011, First Edition. (ISBN: 9781846058134) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 311 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "October 17, 1898, en route to Paris's Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland's jewels were stolen from her train carriage. More than forty pieces, worth nearly 2 million Pounds today, disappeared that night, and the perpetrator along with them. It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well-planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes. A man who wore bespoke suits and handmade shoes; who used a dozen pseudonyms to dust over his tracks; who belonged to three smart London clubs and lived in the luxury of West End hotels; whose staple diet was champagne and whisky; who was pursued by London's top detectives for five and a half years and - by their own admission - proved smarter than them. A man who fell so much in love with a woman that he would steal and lie for her, only to be betrayed by her." Book is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has some areas of very light edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+.

Keywords: Maharaja Jai Singh Prabhakar Alwar, Princess Alexandra, Adolf Beck, Bill the Dasher, Henri de Blowitz, Bow Street Magistrates, Brick Lane, London, Brighton, Cyprus Hotel, Arlington House, Kensington, Cathcart Road, Charing Cross Railway Station, Hawley Ha

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 27198

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