On Aug. 14, 1975, eight daring thieves ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, and its associates in Providence, R.I. The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, stamps, coins, jewels and high-end jewelry. The true value of the loot has always been kept secret, partly because it was ill-gotten to begin with, and partly because there was plenty of incentive to keep its true worth out of the limelight. It's one thing for authorities to admit they didn't find a trace of goods worth from $3 million to $4 million, and entirely another when what was at stake was more accurately valued at about $30 million, the equivalent of $120 million today. It was the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast. Nobody came close, not the infamous James "Whitey" Bulger, not John "The Dapper Don" Gotti, not even the Brinks or Wells Fargo robbers. The heist was bold enough and big enough to rock the underworld to its core, and it left La Cosa Nostra in the region awash in turmoil that still reverberates nearly 38 years later. "The Last Good Heist" is the inside story of the robbery and its aftermath.
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After decades of stealing, Milo Baxter is finally free and making an honest living. But no amount of hard work can break the chains that bind him to Serena Metcalf. Years have passed, but when she shows up in his bar, he knows he’s never stopped loving her—even though he forced her out of his life twice. Having been raised as a criminal, Serena never dreamed she’d climb to the top of San Diego’s number-one real estate agency. Then a car accident results in a life-or-death chase through the city, and she flees to Milo’s bar for safety. Their past blows up in her face, but before she can leave, she gets a devastating call: her sister’s been kidnapped. Milo’s the only one who can help her with one last heist—lifting diamonds from her new potential client for her sister’s ransom. The clock is ticking, and Serena isn’t the only one with something to lose. Both she and Milo could lose their hearts, but first, they must fight to not lose their lives.
The Great Buddha Heist By: Robert Allison Johnson It was nearly two decades ago when my wife Suzanne and I enjoyed a post-retirement trip to the Far East as tourists. Hong Kong and Singapore proved to be very interesting and definitely worth a visit. Our final stop however, was Thailand, whose charming people and culture proved to be the high point. On our final day in Bangkok we happened to visit a Buddhist Temple whose feature attraction for us was a five ton solid gold statue of a seated Buddha. I had never seen that much gold in one place before. A quick mental calculation of the value of its gold content produced a figure in excess of 150 million dollars. With that in mind, I could not resist the temptation to imagine how it could be stolen by an irreverent and unscrupulous gang of thieves. This work of fiction is the result. One of our daughters who reviewed an early draft of this book quipped that it revealed that her father possessed a latent criminal mind! Fortunately, (if this is so) the tendency has continued to be latent and has found its sole expression in the pages of The Great Buddha Heist. This criminal plot to steal the Buddha is, to my mind, so plausible and feasible that I plan to send the first copy of this book to the Chief of Police in Bangkok so that he or she may take appropriate measures to protect this national religious treasure from people whose criminal intent is more forceful than mine.
Tony Crowne returns in a new mystery filled with action, intrigue and adventure. An armored truck robbery nets the thieves a cool half-million dollars. The police arrest the leader of the gang: none other than Tony's football coach! Did the police arrest the right man? Tony doesn't think so. With the aid of his friends and his trusty dog, Tony teams up with a police detective to prove his coach innocent and to track down the real mastermind behind the heist. Bonus: This edition contains an excerpt from Peter Guy George's new Tony Crowne mystery, "Hannah's Monsters." mystery, detective, middle grade, action, adventure, sports, comedy, police, private investigator, thriller, sleuth, preteen, boys, girls, suspense, friendship, the boxcar children, gertrude chandler, encyclopedia brown, donald j. sobol, nancy drew, carolyn keene, the hardy boys, franklin w. dixon, rick riordan, percy jackson, john grisham, theodore boone, the westing game, ellen raskin, mr. lemoncello, chris grabenstein, shadow children, margaret peterson haddix, father brown mysteries, g.k. chesterton, carl hiaasen, beautiful creatures, kami garcia, hoot
The Greatest Heist Stories Ever Told is a captivating collection of true stories celebrating the best heists ever pulled off—many still unsolved. It allows readers to appreciate the efforts that go into a truly magnificent heist. It is a celebration of stunning, well-planned, and audacious capers that left police and armies of investigators scratching their heads and looking for answers.
The prowess of the German panzers is the stuff of legend, but it is not generally known that Hitler stole thousands of British, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, and Soviet tanks and armored fighting vehicles to feed his war machine. At its height, more than 25 percent of the German tank fleet was of foreign origin. In this meticulously research investigation, Anthony Tucker-Jones tells this hitherto unrecorded story, describing how captured fighting vehicles were reused by the German military throughout World War II.
A collection of writings by authors from the Northwestern United States discusses life in the Northwest, the mythology of the American West, animal behavior, and hiking through forest areas
The Down Home Heifer Heist by Eve K. Sandstrom released on Aug 25, 1994 is available now for purchase.
Portfolio of 8 charts accompanies v. 83.
One of a select band of the world's greatest professional cheats, Richard Marcus toured the gambling cultures of Las Vegas, London and Monte Carlo, winning huge sums of money from casinos by elaborate sleight-of-hand tricks with gaming chips. He and his gang were great tacticians, backing up their moves with psychological set-ups to convince pit bosses that they were watching legitimate high rollers getting lucky, while in fact their casinos were being robbed blind. Here, for the first time, Richard Marcus tells his outrageous tale of a lifetime spent cheating casinos. This insider story of how one very smart man and his small band were able to beat some of the biggest casinos at their own game opens a window on to a hidden world of intriguing personalities, tense situations and very close shaves.
From the hugely popular Elen Caldecott, loved for her tales of funny and moving family adventure
When pumpkins are being stolen during the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Rosie and Fran get the blame, so it is up to the two girls and Rosie's big dog with a nose for trouble, Benny Bensky, to find out who is the real culprit. Original.