The author and journalist Greg Campbell discusses the book he co-wrote with Scott Andrew Selby, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History (Union Square, 2010), with Joseph Planta.
|Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell. (Union Square, 2010)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
Prior to its publication Flawless, was well reviewed, described as a “must-read for true-crime fans,” “a finely cut gem, well-polished,” and sparkling, among other superlatives. It’s a fascinating, gripping book about a weekend in 2003 when a group of thieves broke into a vault in the diamond capital of Antwerp in Belgium, and stole nearly a half a billion dollars in diamonds and other valuables. Not an alarm sounded, nor a shot fired, or anyone tied up or stuff like that which you’d see in other caper stories. This book looks at the crime, and the mystery surrounding it. While someone did go to jail, the loot and who else was part of this crime remains unknown. One of the authors of Flawless joins me now. Greg Campbell wrote Blood Diamonds, which was inspired the movie, and co-authors this book with Scott Andrew Selby. Mr. Campbell joins me from Toronto this morning. He is an award winning journalist, whose work has appeared in a number of publications including the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Paris Match and the Christian Science Monitor. The book’s full title is Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History; it’s published by Union Square Press, which is an imprint of Sterling. There’s a website: www.flawlessbook.com. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Greg Campbell; Good morning, Mr. Campbell.