By Ben Macintyre
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer OF A SPY between FRIENDS
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 so much notorious thief, Adam worthy used to be the unique Napoleon of crime. Suave, crafty worthy discovered early that the right way to be successful was once to steal. And scouse borrow he did.
Following a strict code of honor, worthy gained the glory of Victorian society. He additionally aroused its worry through turning into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher sessions, whose valuables he overtly stole. His such a lot celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy cherished and sometimes slept with for twenty years.
With a super gang that incorporated "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, teach robber, and playboy, and "the Scratch" Becker, grasp forger, worthy secretly ran operations from manhattan 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, outstanding travel into the gaslit underworld of the final century. . . and into the doomed genius of a felony mastermind.