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Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes (Paperback, 2009)

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Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes

On 22 February 2006, GBP53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade.

This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer.

Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part.

Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway.

Money is found and arrests are made but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing. Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining, and a must for all fans of well-written true crime.

Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film about the robbery.

About the Author

Howard Sounes is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling works of non-fiction, including the true crime classic Fred & Rose (1995), and biographies of Charles Bukowski and Bob Dylan. He lives in London.


Format: Paperback | 490 pages

Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.1 | 500g

Publication Date: 26 Nov 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

Illustrations note: illustrations

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 1847390552

ISBN13: 9781847390554


Condition: Good

A book that has been read but is in good condition. Some minor, but obvious, damage to the cover including very minor scuff marks along the edges, and a fair amount of creasing, most of which is on the left-side of the front cover, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged with no creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.