Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows eNalndeavors that mix them up with drug dealers the mafia and general thuggary but they have the good sense not to talk about it He spends a lot of time
in jail His friends are killers and goons And he has little insight and no remorse jail His friends are killers and goons And he has little insight and no remorse his crimes and personal choices I think that this book can serve as an xcellent bromide for the geeks
out there who walk around museums and check out camera placement there who walk around museums and check out camera placement rotas tc The folks with 9 to 5 jobs who dream about a life of international intrigue and high stakes crime You won t be David Niven You won t be Jim diGriz You will be in jail or dead Not a great book but a good message Almost a year ago has it been that long gah I read Master Thieves The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World s Greatest Art Heist As you will know I am a sucker for heist stories That book led me to The Art of the Heist Confessions of a Master Art Thief Rock and Roller and Prodigal Son Myles Connor was still is a primary suspect in the Gardner heist despite the fact he was in jail at the time Although Connor and coauthor Jenny Siler discuss aspects of the heist from a purely hypothetical standpoint the bulk of this book traces Connor s origins as a thief bank robber and art collector At times captivating and at other times too sugarcoated for my tastes The Art of the Heist tries to convince you there is such a thing as a thief with a heart of gold Whether or not you agree comes down to your stomach for an unreliable narrator tales that might be taller than they are deep and how much you like me love a good heist storyIt is refreshing to "HEAR ABOUT HEISTS FROM THE MOUTH " about heists from the mouth someone who pulled them rather than a journalist or a former investigator Setting aside uestions of sympathy and credibility I definitely Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, enjoyed listening to Connor spin his tales He puts differentmphasis on his jobs than a detective might and that makes for very interesting reading He describes his thefts in practical terms admitting that sometimes what he stole was influenced simply by whether or not he could get it out of the building Connor also describes the way allegiances shift depending on self interest or differences of opinion over how to handle a crime He parallels this with the shifting allegiances and loyalties within law A Fairly Honourable Defeat enforcement As television shows remind usven as law nforcement tries to minimize it inter agency rivalry is a big source of tension It was interesting to see various detectives police officers and lawyers lining up to try to get a piece of Connor or ven work with Connor s interests if it aligned with their own prioritiesThe Art of the Heist reminds me somewhat of Making a Murderer This might seem strange in that I haven t actually watched the latter but I ve read Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue enough reviews of it to understand what its makers have tried to do Both of these shine a light on critical flaws in the cr. Vana Nocturne America’s most notorious art thief Boston based Myles Connor tells the unapologetic true story of his life of crime in The Art of the Heist Co written with acclaimed author Jenny Siler Connor’sye opening memoirs off. ,
A fascinating book but not for the reasons you may think As far as crime confessionals go it s pretty average at least For a guy who claims to have been a master art thief the author sure did spend a lot of time in prison Miles "is a bit off a show off It s hard to believe that this is all true I "a bit off a show off It s hard to believe that this is all true I The Man Without a Face enjoy all the mentions of local spots And yes i did go to the Gardener Museum after finishing You d have known if it was me I would have taken the TitianBut drawn toach other by our mutual love of
animals and by a shared interest in martial arts we uickly became friends and by a shared interest in martial arts we uickly became friends Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) expected from this bio of master art thief Myles J Connor but he just didn t deliver Needed a ghost writer to help punch up what probably was a remarkable life I was hoping this was going to be a real life Ocean s Thirteen or The Italian Job You know good looking people who are carrying out a heist because some really bad person has it comingUnfortunately crime in real life is not like crime in the movies Nobody is attractive all the sociopathic tendencies are front and center and the characters are all repellent violent jerks instead of suave funny smooth talkers The man at the center of this story is possibly the most odious hateful foul piece of garbagexcuse for a human being born in New England at any time in the last century He of course thinks that he is a stand up guy who was just doling out revenge to the upper classes Their crime Treating him as a member of the lower class Avoid this book Dad HATED this one The guy thought he was SSOO cool and apparently it was pretty sickening OK a bit of background first I am a sucker for a good heist story I am a double sucker for a true crime heist story I love loveable con men and rougish yet brilliant thieves who walk away with a pile of cash or a Monet that used to belong to some rich ass hole I don t really like the Ann Rule sort of true crime crazy killers killing in a crazy way I see crazy people at work all the time They do not fascinate me as much as crafty people do I like my criminals Thomas Crown or Doug Street less Hannibal Lector or Lyle Mendez So I read The Art of The Heist by Myles J Conner It chronicles the story of Connor s life from the mid 60s through the Gone (Gone, early 80s When he wasn t involved in crime or in jail Mr Conner was is a guitarist and band leader Whether this is a cause of orffect of his Threads Of The Shroud enormousgo I m still not sure He is by all accounts all of HIS accounts an xcellent and skilled
thief So far good The parts of the story that talk about art theft and the sale of stolen art are very ngaging The problem with his story is that he is also an admitted drug smuggler a cop shooter and thugI am not sure if he is a bad person who s one redeeming uality is that he is a skilled art thief Or if the sad truth is all those other loveable rogues are also involved in crimi. “A gripping tell allA fascinating look inside the mind of an unrepentant criminal” Washington Post“One of the most beguiling criminal memoirs ver writtenA rare gem of a book” T J English New York Times bestselling author of Ha.
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FREE READ The Art of the HeistIminal justice system flaws that allow innocent people to be framed and railroaded for crimes while guilty people go free The Canadian system is no picnic and probably too close to the American system for comfort but at least we don t do stupid things like have lected judges and district attorneys Seriously America why Connor corroborates what other sources have long said at Wiring every level the system that is supposed to protect us from criminals while also rehabilitate them pretty much justxists to sustain itself to generate profit and to let law nforcement do what it wants From transferring Connor to a "facility where they hope he will be murdered by the inmates "where they hope will be murdered by the other inmates framing him for murders with the help of lying witnesses certain law nforcement agents give that Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage entire sector a bad nameFor that alone I m glad I read The Art of the Heist I m lessnthusiastic about Connor s voice The writing isn t bad but he doesn t manage to charm me the way he so obviously wants to I m a pretty big bleeding heart liberal and I ll be the first to admit I think a lot of criminals are simply people caught up circumstances thrust upon them by a harsh and oppressive system Yet Connor s constant reminders that he doesn t like people getting hurt that he s only stealing this art because he really wants it that he s oh so intelligent but just misunderstood by a society hung up on ideas of personal property these all ring hollow He might consider art theft a victimless crime in the sense that he tries not to hurt people in the process and he steals from institutions that are insured or families rich nough to take the financial hits But he also freely admits to trafficking in cocaine and heroin Because that stuff is totally victimless too right I believe Connor believes he is an honourable thief but I can t really apply that label to him And while I wouldn t call him an outright liar it s important to view this book as one with an ultimately unreliable narrator he wants to come off looking good so take that into considerationReliable or no Connor s voice provides another interesting perspective on the world of Boston crime art theft and the justice system Although not as ngrossing as I had hoped The Art of the Heist was at least informative and often interesting The Art of the Heist was written by Connor with help from a real writer Hard to keep going I kept skimming hoping to find passages which
were not full of pompous bloviation on the part of Connor The blurbsnot full of pompous bloviation on the part of Connor The blurbs really misleading almost bait and switch since Connor is the supposed prime suspect for the Gardner heist as the publisher keeps shouting at us but the book only covers a short period in the 70s ten years or so before the 1990 heist So he never really says he did it one of the implied promises of the book jacket I gave up after trying to get into this book twice Connor. Er readers a rare detailed and intimate look into the mindset of a master criminal a cat burglar thief and con man veteran of numerous brazen museum heists who shares the unparalleled “rush” of a life lived on the far side of the la.