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A gentleman and a thief : the daring jewel heists of a jazz Age rogue / Dean Jobb.

Jobb, Dean, 1958- (author.).


A skilled con artist and one of the most successful burglars in history, Arthur Barry was adept at slipping in and out of bedrooms undetected, even when his victims slept only inches away. He became a folk hero, a gentleman bandit touted in the press as the “Prince of Thieves” and an “Aristocrat of Crime.” Think Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. In a span of seven years, Barry stole pearls, diamonds, and other precious gems worth almost sixty million dollars today. Among his many victims were a Rockefeller, an heiress to the Woolworth Department Store fortune, an oil magnate, Wall Street bigwigs, a top executive of automotive giant General Motors, and a famous polo player. He befriended the Prince of Wales, Harry Houdini, and other luminaries. The rollicking, caper-filled rise and dramatic downfall of this master thief is a high-speed ride told in stylish prose. A Gentleman and a Thief is also a love story. Barry confessed to dozens of burglaries to protect his wife, Anna Blake (and was the prime suspect in scores of others on Long Island and across Westchester County). Sentenced to a twenty-five-year term, he staged a dramatic prison break -- triggering a bloody inmates' riot -- when Anna became seriously ill, so they could be together for a few more years as fugitives. Page-turning, escapist, and sparkling with insight into the allure of gemstones and our fascination with well-planned heists and the suave, clever criminals who pull them off, A Gentleman and a Thief is perfect for true crime fans who relish the exploits of con artists and high-class crooks. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781643752839
  • ISBN: 1643752839
  • Physical Description: 432 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Barry, Arthur.
Jewel thieves > United States > Biography.
Jewelry theft > United States > History > 20th century.
Escapes > United States > History > 20th century.
Swindlers and swindling.
Genre: Informational works.
True crime stories.

Available copies

  • 8 of 16 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Camden County Library.


  • 0 current holds with 16 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Camden County Library District - Camdenton Biography BARRY (Text) 31320003982035 Adult Biography Checked out 07/29/2024
Camden County Library District - Osage Beach Biography BARRY (Text) 31320003982050 Adult Biography Available -

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