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By Ben Macintyre

ISBN-10: 0307886468

ISBN-13: 9780307886460

He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
He is the organizer of part that's evil and of approximately all that's undetected during this nice city.
He is a genius, a thinker, an summary philosopher. . . .

--Sherlock Holmes on Professor Moriarty in "The ultimate Problem"

The Victorian era's such a lot notorious thief, Adam worthy used to be the unique Napoleon of crime.  Suave, crafty worthy realized early that tips on how to be successful used to be to steal.  And scouse borrow he did.

Following a strict code of honor, worthy received the distinction of Victorian society.  He additionally aroused its worry via changing into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher sessions, whose valuables he overtly stole.  His so much celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy loved and infrequently slept with for twenty years.

With an excellent gang that incorporated "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, teach robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, grasp forger, worthy secretly ran operations from big apple to London, Paris, and South Africa--until betrayal and a Pinkerton guy ultimately introduced him down.

In a decadent age, worthy used to be an icon.  His biography is a grand, mind-blowing journey into the gaslit underworld of the final century.  .  .  and into the doomed genius of a felony mastermind.

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But the number one priority in Ward and Helen Seaman’s house was their kids, and Ward’s favorite thing to do with his boys, when he came home from work, was slot car racing. For most people, that meant bringing your little store-bought slot car in to a slot car racing joint and leaving it to chance to see whose car was fastest. c05 7/30/06 40 10:07 AM Page 40 INTERNAL COMBUSTION about to leave the race to chance. Though the slot cars were not much bigger than a Matchbox, he and his boys would redesign their vehicles to make them go faster.

Houses, too, were oversized, with expansive decks and gas-fired barbecues substantial enough to cook a dozen steaks. A half hour’s drive from downtown Detroit, Ramblewood felt like another world from that bombed-outlooking city. Life would have seemed to follow orderly patterns in Ramblewood. Every yard appeared to have been expensively landscaped. Every house was in good repair. c03 7/30/06 10:06 AM Page 31 “My Husband Is Trying to Find Himself ” 31 almost as glaringly as the sight of a homeless person or a scrawny and flea-bitten dog.

When she got to the house, Bob’s Explorer was parked in the driveway, but there was no sign of Bob. She wasn’t too concerned, she said, since he had just disappeared without notice the week before (though that time, he’d taken his car to the airport). Now, two days later, the car remained in the driveway, and there was no sign of Bob. Nancy Seaman told Detective Patterson that the only thing she could think of was that maybe her husband had gone to St. Louis to see his parents, Ward and Helen, so Patterson suggested she call them to ask.

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