Sunday, May 3, 2020

Elaborating on The Art of the Heist

SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses key details pertaining to Episode 1, release date on May 8, 2020. You have been warned.

In the podcast's first episode, I mentioned a book, The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Thief by Miles J. Connor, Jr. and Jenny Siler. It was a swift and almost subtle confession, where my reading list consisted of memoirs by criminals or their family. The point of it being mentioned in the first place was to prove that jumping between books as a healthy habit to pursue a readership lifestyle and skill-to-improve. But neither the goal of the said book being part of the conversation, nor Stef's reciprocation brought any justice as to why the book was in my collection in the first place. It's important, at least to me, that you know that this memoir was the infamous Gardner Museum Heist.

This 1990s theft stole about $500,000,000 worth of art form the American society, including, but not limited to, The Scream.

Learn more: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft

As of today, The Scream has been found and stolen again four times since this incident. The painting has since decreased in size due to the mishandling and damage the thieves had done to the piece. It's currently worth $120 million.

The thief, Myles J. Connor, Jr., was known for not just The Gardner Heist, as he confessed in this novel, but also as the thief that operated each of his heists behind bars. The police would demand why he'd returned to his cell, after each gig, and he'd express to them that he never left.

If you're intrigued by what goes on in the mind of a master thief, and how the rest of this man's career lasted beyond his legacy, then you are in luck. Get a copy today, and support your local bookstore, on our Bookshop page: bookshop.org/lists/episode-1-pacing-books

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