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The Last Good Heist : The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast
by Tim White and Randall Richard and Wayne Worcester


Overview - On Aug. 14, 1975, eight daring thieves ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, and its associates in Providence, R.I. The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, stamps, coins, jewels and high-end jewelry.  Read more...

 
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Overview
On Aug. 14, 1975, eight daring thieves ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, and its associates in Providence, R.I. The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, stamps, coins, jewels and high-end jewelry. The true value of the loot has always been kept secret, partly because it was ill-gotten to begin with, and partly because there was plenty of incentive to keep its true worth out of the limelight. It's one thing for authorities to admit they didn't find a trace of goods worth from $3 million to $4 million, and entirely another when what was at stake was more accurately valued at about $30 million, the equivalent of $120 million today. It was the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast. Nobody came close, not the infamous James "Whitey" Bulger, not John "The Dapper Don" Gotti, not even the Brinks or Wells Fargo robbers. The heist was bold enough and big enough to rock the underworld to its core, and it left La Cosa Nostra in the region awash in turmoil that still reverberates more than forty years later. Last Good Heist is the inside story of the robbery and its aftermath.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781493009596
  • ISBN-10: 1493009591
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > True Crime > Organized Crime
Books > History > United States - State & Local - New England
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

This limp account of a now obscure robbery in 1975 Providence, R.I., will raise questions for readers about its reliability. The crime at the center of the book involves the theft of the contents of 148 safety deposit boxes concealed at Hudson Fur Storage. On the afternoon of Aug. 14th, a group of eight gun-wielding thieves entered the building, secured the employees, and made off with the equivalent today of $140 million in jewels, rare coins, stamps, and cash, none of which was ever recovered. The narrative provides the background to the crime, including the criminal history of Robert "Deuce" Dussault, the "career thug" who orchestrated the event. By 1975, Dussault had already spent half of his life in jail. Despite this, the authors treat him as an admirable antihero (his "major assets are an outdated sense of derring-do, fast hands, and a quick lip"). The acknowledgments section at the book's end reveals that Dussault provided "countless" hours of interviews, and the authors make no effort to explain what steps, if any, they took to verify his version of events. The narrative devotes most of its space to atmospheric details and stylized prose, prioritizing the thrill of the story over its credibility. (Aug.)

 
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