Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Beginning: Master Thieves


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



On March 18, 1990, the city of Boston -- and the world -- suffered a profound loss when two men dressed as police officers commandeered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and pulled off the greatest art theft in world history.

-- from the author's Introduction to Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist by Stephen Kurkjian.

Just months after being paroled from Massachusetts state prison, where he had reently finished serving a seventeen-year sentence for kidnapping and attempted extortion, Louis Royce, now well into his seventies, walks easily through the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

-- from Part I, "The Heist," chapter 1, "Royce."

Kurkjian draws on over 20 years of investigative reporting and FBI materials to give us the definitive account of the still-unsolved robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Kurkjian is a Pulitzer-winning journalist and former member of the Boston Globe Spotlight team that covered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, the blockbuster subject of the 2016 Best Picture Oscar-winner Spotlight. I recently interviewed Steve on my work blog about the Church scandal, the story, and working on the Spotlight team.

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