17 October 1898.
An impossibly daring jewellery heist aboard a train at Paris's Gare du Nord station captures the attention of the world.
Who would have dared to pull off such a feat?
Award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton reveals the true story of Harry the Valet, the notorious crook who was the scourge of Victorian London.
Harry conned and stole his way into high society, living a life of excess in London's best hotels and hang-outs. Dressed in bespoke suits and handmade shoes, Harry outwitted Scotland Yard with his trademark guile and panache.
With dozens of pseudonyms, no fixed address and a knowledge of his city that allowed him to hide in its shadows, Harry seemed almost invisible. Until, blinded by love, he carried out the robbery that would prove his downfall.
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
"That anecdote, one of many in a pacey book by the moonlighting sports historian Duncan Hamilton, illustrates well the absurdities of etiquette in Victorian Britain that made Harry's colourful career possible." -- Brian Schofield * Sunday Times *
"Backed by newspaper accounts of the day, Duncan Hamilton's biography is colourful, entertaining and well-researched." * Manchester Evening News *
"[Hamilton] tells a lively tale with verve and panache that do justice to his incorrigible subject" * Country Life *
"The astonishing true story of the most notorious jewel theif in Victorian London, this has all the hallmarks of the finest detective novel, but has romance at its heart and a love stort that endured to the very end of Harry's life." * Western Morning News *