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The art thief : a true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession

Michael Finkel (Author)
"For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years-in museums and cathedrals all over Europe-Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. In The Art Thief, Michael Finkel brings us into Breitwieser's strange and fascinating world. Unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them to his heart's content. Possessed of a remarkable athleticism and an innate ability to assess practically any security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtakingly number of audacious thefts. Yet these strange talents bred a growing disregard for risk and an addict's need to score, leading Breitwieser to ignore his girlfriend's pleas to stop-until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2023
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Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2023
True crime stories
221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 22 cm
9780525657323, 9781984898456, 0525657320, 1984898450
"This is a Borzoi book." -- title page verso