Book Review: Flawless – Scott Andrew Selby & Greg Campbell

Title: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
Author: Scott Andrew Selby & Greg Campbell
ISBN: 9781402766510
Pages: 336
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Publisher: Union Square Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this riveting book, authors Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell take the reader through the heist in Antwerp’s Diamond District on February 15, 2003.  They introduce the reader to the key players, detail how the heist was likely pulled off, chronicle the investigation, and discuss the aftermath of the biggest diamond heist in history.

Review:

I love intricate stories about heists, and judging from the success of such movies as Ocean’s 11, I’m definitely not the only one.  Therefore, when I first heard about Flawless, I was immediately intrigued.  I knew nothing about the largest diamond heist in history and was very eager to learn about it.  I jumped at the chance to review this novel, and once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down.  Selby and Campbell’s tale is incredibly interesting and a lot of fun to read.

Often, books such as this end up being very dry.  Despite exciting subjects, the authors don’t have lively or engaging prose, and as a result, the book becomes a chore to read.  That isn’t a problem at all with Flawless.  From page one, the reader can tell they are in for a real treat.  From beginning to end, there isn’t a dull spot.  Flawless is what non-fiction books should aspire to.

I found myself captivated by this book, and I loved how Selby and Campbell told the story.  They never filled in ambiguous details; instead, if they weren’t entire sure what happened, they gave their opinions and let the reader decide for him or herself what they want to believe.  As a result, the reader knows they are getting a factual account of what happened.  Additionally, they never overburden the reader with details, yet are precise enough so that the reader can visualize what’s going on in their mind.  It’s a delicate balance, and they accomplish it masterfully.

I really enjoyed Flawless and definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject of heists, even if you aren’t a fan of non-fiction books.  This book does an excellent job of appealing to a variety of readers.  I certainly hope that Selby and Campbell find some sort of other theft to write about, as I am already waiting for their next book!

Comments

  1. This is the second review I’ve seen of this book and it sounds really interesting. Do you think it would be good for a high school library or is it more adult?

  2. This is the second review I’ve seen of this book and it sounds really interesting. Do you think it would be good for a high school library or is it more adult?

  3. Fascinating! I’ve enjoyed quite a few heist movies (The Thomas Crown Affair most notably), and this book sounds really interesting. I’m definitely adding it to my list. Thanks!

  4. Fascinating! I’ve enjoyed quite a few heist movies (The Thomas Crown Affair most notably), and this book sounds really interesting. I’m definitely adding it to my list. Thanks!

  5. Good review. It was such an interesting book and very well paced (as you note).

  6. Good review. It was such an interesting book and very well paced (as you note).

  7. I really want to read this now, after the way you and Rebecca were gushing on Twitter.

  8. I really want to read this now, after the way you and Rebecca were gushing on Twitter.

  9. Sounds like a good book…!

  10. Sounds like a good book…!

  11. I wonder if this is the same as the movie?? I think it probably is. I remember reading about the movie on a blog, and watching it. It was okay — not great (not heist-y) enough.

    Looking at your “currently reading” — I’m with you 2 out of 3. I’m listening to the Forgotten Garden audiobook, and The Secret Garden is up next for me.

  12. I wonder if this is the same as the movie?? I think it probably is. I remember reading about the movie on a blog, and watching it. It was okay — not great (not heist-y) enough.

    Looking at your “currently reading” — I’m with you 2 out of 3. I’m listening to the Forgotten Garden audiobook, and The Secret Garden is up next for me.

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