By Ben Macintyre
He's 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. artful, crafty worthy discovered early that how to be triumphant was once to scouse borrow. And scouse borrow he did.
Following a strict code of honor, worthy received the distinction of Victorian society. He additionally aroused its worry by means of changing into a chilling phantom, mingling undetected with the higher periods, whose valuables he openly stole. His so much celebrated heist: Gainsborough's grand portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire--ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales--a portray worthy cherished and infrequently slept with for twenty years.
With an excellent gang that integrated "Piano" Charley, a jewel thief, educate 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 was once an icon. His biography is a grand, incredible journey into the gaslit underworld of the final century. . . and into the doomed genius of a felony mastermind.
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