The King of Diamonds: The Search for the Elusive Texas Jewel Thief

Pegasus. Apr. 2024. 386p. ISBN 9781639366057. $28.95. CRIME
The 1960s in Dallas, TX, was a time of glitz and glamour. Rich business owners called the shots, and the social sphere was filled with debutante balls. Behind it all was a seedy underground that ran the city, and a thief known as the King of Diamonds robbed heirs and CEOS of their possessions late at night, sometimes even as they slept in their beds. Victims of the King of Diamonds reported witnessing sensational behavior, like hiding in their closets with them nearby or breaking into their homes while they hosted parties; these details kept the thief in the news but elusive to the police. Their identity is still unknown, and the riches they stole were never recovered. Award-winning journalist Pederson (The Burma Spring) sets out to find the identity of the King of Diamonds, uncovering well-kept Dallas secrets and answering some of the most puzzling questions. Her investigation is easy to follow as she takes readers down her research rabbit hole of this real-life whodunit and her conclusions.
VERDICT Perfect for true-crime lovers who want a story about sinister thefts that aims to uncover the psychological motivations behind some sensational crimes.
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