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In the world of professional criminals, there’s always one last job, and it’s always a bad idea. In 2015, a crew of aging criminals called the Bad Grandpas almost pulled off one of the biggest heists of their lives—stealing $19 million in cash, gold, and jewels—almost. Former New York Times correspondent Dan Bilefsky weaves this tale from the testimony of the Scotland Yard detectives who busted the crew. A must-read for all fans of true crime.
“[Bilefsky] is a brisk, enthusiastic storyteller.… [A] meticulously researched procedural.” —Laura Lippman, New York Times
Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six aging English thieves couldn’t resist coming out of retirement for one last career-topping heist. Though not the smoothest of blokes, these analog crooks in a digital age managed to disable the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit’s high-security alarm system and drill through twenty inches of reinforced concrete, walking away with a stunning haul of at least $21 million in jewels, gold, diamonds, family heirlooms, and cash. Dan Bilefsky draws on unrivaled access to the leading officers on the case at Scotland Yard, as well as notorious figures from London’s shadowy underworld, to offer a gripping account of how these unassuming masterminds nearly pulled off one of the greatest heists of the century.
About the Author
Dan Bilefsky is a journalist for The New York Times who has reported from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Brussels, Prague, and Istanbul. He is currently a Canada correspondent for the paper, based in Montreal.
I loved this book! The Last Job is a fabulous read, gripping, at time hilarious, at times terrifying, always astonishing.… A wonderful book about an almost unbelievable crime.
— Louise Penny, New York Times best-selling author of A Better Man
[An] entertaining and detailed account of the caper.… Provides a rich slice of London’s East End underworld.
[A] well-told tale. — Dave Shiflett
One of the most brilliantly thrilling books I have ever read.… A fun, exciting read, with a heartening moral: Crime doesn’t pay. — Ronen Bergman, author of Rise and Kill First
Stationed in the Times’ London bureau at the time, Bilefsky covered the case from the beginning. The Last Job combines old-age melodrama—a gang of geezers dead-set on proving they’ve still got what it takes—with an enticing overview of the post–World War II London underworld and a dash of classic Blake Edwards farce.… [A] crackling true-crime caper.
— Chris Gray
The Last Job is both exhilarating and frightening; this is Dan Bilefsky’s fast paced and gripping account of how an aging group of criminal masterminds pulled off one of the greatest heists of the twenty-first century. No less riveting is the story of how the famed Scotland Yard Flying Squad solved the riddle of the crime and brought the gang to justice. The Last Job reads like a novel but it is all true!
— Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team and New York Times best-selling author of Priceless and The Devil’s Diary
What’s not to love about a jewel-heist tale involving diamond-tipped power drills, elevator shaft descents, and extra insulin shots for the retirees brazenly pulling it off? Bilefsky is a nimble investigator and playful reporter; he clearly got the goods for this captivating account of an unforgettable crime. — Kirk W. Johnson, author of The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century