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Duncan Hamilton

The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet

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October 17, 1898, en route to Paris' Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland's jewels were stolen from her train carriage. More than 40 pieces, worth nearly £2m today, disappeared that night and the perpetrator along with them.

It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes.

The astonishing true story of the most notorious Victorian Jewel thief, The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet has all the hallmarks of the finest detective fiction, but has romance at its heart and a love story which endured on Harry’s part for the rest of his life, despite ultimately destroying him.

The Guardian “Hamilton is sharply and thoughtfully observant.”


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