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The Last Job

Nonfiction: True-Crime
Unabridged   9.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/23/2019

The Last Job

"The Bad Grandpas" and the Hatton Garden Heist

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684419210
Digital Download ISBN:9781684419227


The definitive account of one of the most brazen jewel heists in history.

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Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six English thieves, several in their sixties and seventies, couldn't resist coming out of retirement for one last career-topping heist. Their target: the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, in the heart of London's medieval diamond district. "The Firm" included Brian Reader, ringleader and legend in his own mind; Terry Perkins, a tough-as-nails career criminal but also a frail diabetic; Danny Jones, a fitness freak, crime enthusiast, and fabulist; Carl Wood, an extra pair of hands, and definitely more brawn than brains; John "Kenny" Collins, getaway driver, prone to falling asleep on the job; and the mysterious Basil, a red-wigged associate who has only now been identified.

Perhaps not the smoothest of criminals—one took a public bus to the scene of the crime; another read Forensics for Dummies in hopes that he would learn how to avoid getting caught—they planned the job over fish and chips at their favorite pubs. They were cantankerous and coarse, dubbed the "Bad Grandpas" by British tabloids, and were often as likely to complain about one another as the current state of the country. Still, these analog thieves in a digital age managed to disable a high-security alarm system and walk away with a stunning haul of at least $19 million in jewels, gold, diamonds, family heirlooms, and cash.


“Bilefsky hits it out of the park....With a cinematic writing style and colorful cast of characters, this book tells the story behind the players and events surrounding the 2015 Hatton Garden Heist....True crime enthusiasts will be drawn in by the magnitude of this offense, as well as its masterminds’ personality quirks, motivations, and histories.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“A raucous account....Bilefsky combines humor, pathos, and technical nitty-gritty in a clearly written procedural....A well-researched, irreverent tale of a serious yet fascinating crime and the anachronistic underworld that sparked it.” —Kirkus

“Bilefsky provides just the right amount of detail in this real-life page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

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.