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Sexy beasts : the true story of the "Diamond Geezers" and the record-breaking $100 million Hatton Garden heist / Wensley Clarkson.
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9780316546027
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : Hachette Books, 2016.

©2016
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333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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In what has been described as a true-life blend of "Grumpy Old Men" and "Ocean's Eleven", this book is an insider account of the 2015 Hatton Garden Heist, in which a group of retirement-age career criminals--the so-called "Diamond Geezers"--Robbed a London jewelry vault, in what would be the biggest burglary in UK history.
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In what has been described as a true-life blend of "Grumpy Old Men" and "Ocean's Eleven, SEXY BEASTS is an insider account of the 2015 Hatton Garden Heist, in which a group of retirement-age career criminals--the so-called "Diamond Geezers"--robbed a London jewelry vault, in what would be the biggest burglary in UK history.

The Hatton Garden Heist captured the British public's imagination more than another other crime since The Great Train Robbery. It was supposed to make a fortune for a team of old time professional criminals. Their last hurrah. A final lucrative job that would send the old codgers off on happy retirements to the badlands of Spain and beyond. It seemed to be the stuff of legends. Tens of millions of dollars worth of valuables grabbed from safety deposit boxes in a vault beneath one of the most famous jewelry districts in the world.

But where did it all go wrong for this band of old time villains? And how did the gang's bid to pull off the world's biggest burglary turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse featuring the police and London's most dangerous crime lords?

Nobody is better placed to reveal the full story of the Hatton Garden Heist than Britain's best-connected true crime writer, Wensley Clarkson. Through his unparalleled contacts inside the criminal underworld, he's finally able to reveal the astonishing details behind Britain's biggest ever burglary.


Author Notes

Wensley Clarkson, a British tabloid writer, is the author of more than two dozen true-crime novels and quickie celebrity biographies. In his tell-all book, Death at Every Stop: The True Story of Alleged Gay Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan, Clarkson takes the reader into the mind of the playboy who murdered Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Some of Clarkson's other true-crime novels include Whatever Mother Says, the shocking true story of a woman who was arrested in 1993 for the torture murders of her two daughters. Doctors of Death is the chilling true tales of psychopathic physicians; and An Eye for An Eye is the story of a woman out for revenge after the murder of her daughter, which was turned into a feature film starring Sally Fields. Clarkson's unauthorized biographies include exposes on Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Quentin Tarantino.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Part 1 The History
Chapter 1 Crime's Labyrinthp. 13
Chapter 2 London's Badlandsp. 20
Chapter 3 Watching and Listeningp. 29
Chapter 4 Knocking Down Doorsp. 40
Chapter 5 In the Moneyp. 48
Chapter 6 As Good as Goldp. 57
Chapter 7 Partners in Crimep. 67
Chapter 8 Casualties of Warp. 74
Chapter 9 Bang to Rightsp. 82
Chapter 10 Bandits Highp. 90
Chapter 11 Timeshare or Bustp. 97
Chapter 12 Missed Opportunitiesp. 103
Chapter 13 Itchy Feetp. 115
Part 2 The Job
Chapter 14 All Wound Upp. 125
Chapter 15 Finding the Troopsp. 133
Chapter 16 The Crossingp. 141
Chapter 17 True Professionalsp. 147
Chapter 18 Time Gentlemen, Pleasep. 154
Chapter 19 No Turning Backp. 162
Chapter 20 Too Close for Comfortp. 168
Chapter 21 Sleeping Dogs Liep. 174
Chapter 22 Déjà Vup. 182
Chapter 23 Anticlimaxp. 190
Chapter 24 Keeping Up Appearancesp. 196
Chapter 25 Feeding the Packp. 206
Chapter 26 Second Bite of the Cherryp. 213
Chapter 27 Trouble on the Horizonp. 221
Chapter 28 Under the Coshp. 228
Chapter 29 Three Old Men in a Pubp. 235
Chapter 30 The Wirep. 247
Part 3 The Justice
Chapter 31 Lambs to the Slaughterp. 263
Chapter 32 Fair Cop, Guvp. 273
Chapter 33 The Animal Factoryp. 280
Chapter 34 Trouble Brewingp. 292
Chapter 35 Fishy Talesp. 302
Chapter 36 Future Shockp. 312
Chapter 37 What Comes Aroundp. 317
Chapter 38 Dead Man Walkingp. 318
Chapter 39 Aftermathp. 321
Postscriptp. 328
Acknowledgmentsp. 330
Appendix: The Sexy Beastsp. 332

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