The Art of the Heist:”Money Heist”

Who doesn’t love a good caper?

You may have enjoyed the hugely popular series Money Heist on Netflix; this is a Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Álex Pina.  Set in Madrid, a mysterious criminal mastermind  known as “The Professor” recruits a group of eight people, with different abilities (who choose cities for code-names), to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion. After taking 67 people hostage inside the Mint, the team plans to remain inside for 11 days to print the money as they deal with elite police forces. In the events succeeding the initial heist, the group are forced out of hiding, and find themselves preparing for a second heist, this time on the Bank of Spain, as they again deal with hostages and police forces.

The heist genre (a subgenre of crime) is also popular in books and movies, whether the stories are entirely or somewhat fictional, or are reports of true crime.  Good heist narratives tend to have interesting characters, elaborately planned schemes, twists and turns in their plots and offer thrills as readers discover how a stunt or big robbery is pulled off by the schemers, sometimes without a hitch and sometimes not so smoothly.

If watching Money Heist has you pumped up for some other heist driven stories, do check these fiction and nonfiction ebooks/audiobooks on Overdrive/Libby.

{FC066EF4-EEA1-4176-99E1-DE5A3B9D1386}Img100The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art now worth more than $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and struggling young artist Claire Roth is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes Series, Book 1 by Suzanne Brockmann

Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties.

485fdd6500f8749beddc2292d0d9dec9The Fallen: Quinn Colson Series, Book 7 by Ace Atkins

The bank robbers wreaking havoc across the South are carrying out their heists with such skill and precision that they remind Tibbehah County Sheriff Quinn Colson of the raids he once led as an Army Ranger. In fact, their techniques are so like the ones in the Ranger Handbook that he can’t help wondering if the outlaws are former Rangers themselves.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

In a bizarre heist, a young musician broke into the British Natural History Museum at Tring to steal exotic birds. This is the gripping story of that bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice; it is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

{A59FDDE4-7683-4C9F-A904-E62C6F39B991}Img100Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Greg Campbell & Scott Andrew Selby | AUDIOBOOK

On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. the authors sorted through an array of conflicting details, divergent opinions and incongruous theories to uncover the true story behind the daring heist.

The Heist: Gabriel Allon Series, Book 14 by Daniel Silva

Stalwart Israeli agent Gabriel Allon goes in pursuit of a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in this action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue, and uncovers billions of dollars purloined by the Butcher of Damascus.

The Heist: Fox and O’Hare Series, Book 1 by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

The first adventure in an electrifying series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

{93E889B0-76FC-4A21-BB21-8045AF8CE320}Img100Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

A masterful thief plots an impossible crime—stealing the Iranian Crown Jewels.

The Last Job: “The Bad Grandpas” and the Hatton Garden Heist by Dan Bilefsky

The gripping account of how a group of unassuming criminal masterminds nearly pulled off one of the most brazen jewel heists in history.  Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six English thieves, several in their sixties and seventies, came 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.

Norco ’80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan

Tells the story of how five heavily armed young men—led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian—attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement.

{5252A999-1476-4532-8975-9CE31C5ECE70}Img100Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich

This is the incredible true story of how a college student and two female accomplices stole some of the rarest objects on the planet—moon rocks—from an “impregnable” high-tech vault.

Thick as Thieves by Peter Spiegelman

Carr–ex-CIA–is the reluctant leader of an elite crew planning a robbery of such extraordinary proportions that it will leave them all set for life. Diamonds, money-laundering, and extortion go into a timed-to-the-minute scheme that unfurls across South America, Miami, and Grand Cayman Island. A rare, penetrating look into the sophisticated machinations of an unparalleled crime.

The Ultimatum–An International Spy Thriller: The Guardian Series, Book 1 by Karen Robards

Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will—Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. She makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole. But her latest gig goes horribly wrong. Not only do two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents go missing, but her father is killed during the heist.

{04209316-5DFD-4908-96A7-B1A27BEAAC8E}Img100The Vintage Caper: Sam Levitt Series, Book 1 by Peter Mayle

This globe trotting detective story begins high above Los Angeles with a world-class heist at the impressive wine cellar of lawyer Danny Roth.  The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle’s seductive renderings of France’s sensory delights—from a fine Lynch-Bages to the bouillabaisse of Marseille—guaranteed to charm and inform even the most sophisticated palates.

 

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

 

Livingston, NJ 07039, USA

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