The extraordinarily captivating memoir of the remarkable jewel thief who robbed the rich and the famous while maintaining an outwardly conventional life—an astonishing and completely true story, the like of which has never before been told . . . or lived.
Bill Mason is arguably the greatest jewel thief who ever lived. During a thirty-year career he charmed his way into the inner circles of high society and stole more than $35 million worth of fabulous jewels from such celebrities as Robert Goulet, Armand Hammer, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Truman Capote, Margaux Hemingway and Johnny Weissmuller—he even hit the Mafia. Along the way he seduced a high-profile Midwest socialite into leaving her prominent industrialist husband, nearly died after being shot during a robbery, tricked both Christie’s and Sotheby’s into fencing stolen goods for him and was a fugitive for five years and the object of a nationwide manhunt. Yet despite the best efforts of law enforcement authorities from several states as well as the federal government, he spent less than three years total in prison.
Shadowy, elusive and intensely private, Mason has been the subject of many magazine and newspaper features, but no journalist has ever come close to knowing the facts. Now, in his own words and with no holds barred, he reveals everything, and the real story is far more incredible than any of the reporters, detectives or FBI agents who pursued Mason ever imagined. Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief, expertly co-written by bestselling author Lee Gruenfeld, is a unique true-crime confessional.
From the Hardcover edition.
I had read this book years ago and loved it but I forgot all about it. As I was clearing out and organizing my book case I came across it again. I was glad I did since I re-read it for the second time and finished it in two days. It is like one of those movies like Goodfellas, SuperBad, The Hangover that you can watch over and over again and its still just as great as the first time you seen it.
Bill Mason talks about his life as a Jewel Thief and brings the reader along on his heists. His accounts have you on the edge of your seat and you don’t want to put the book down until you reach the very end. If you like True-Crime I would highly recommend this book for it won’t disappoint. I personally give it a 5 out of 5