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The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, the Real Moriarty

The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, the Real Moriarty (Paperback, New edition)

By Macintyre, Ben

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In the 1870s, Adam Worth left a life of professional deserting from the US army and entered into a life of full-scale crime. He soon became an orchestrator of thefts and cons throughout 19th-century America and Britain, and ringleader of the largest crime network in the world. He... was famed, among other triumphs, for stealing Gainsborough's great portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire - and later for returning it. Yet, for many years, he was considered by many to be the perfect Victorian gentleman and, even in his criminal capacity, abhorred violence and was loyal to a fault. Conan Doyle based the character of Holmes' great adversary Moriarty on Adam Worth, who had his own Holmes in the shape of William Pinkerton of Pinkerton's detective agency, from whose slogan the eye that never sleeps originated the term private eye . Their parallel careers form the basis of this book.
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ISBN 9780006550624
Released NZ 26 Feb 1998
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780006550624
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPress
Released 26 Feb 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Macintyre, Ben
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
True Crime
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 364.162092
Weight 260g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Thieves, United States, Biography, Great Britain
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade