You guys! Today is the book birthday of Brenda Drake’s THIEF OF LIES and I’m…waiting! Yep. It’s a bit of a dark day over here. I was hoping to be curled up with my own copy of THIEF OF LIES right now. Last month, however, my credit card number was stolen and I wasn’t aware that Amazon didn’t update the payment method of preorders when a new credit card was added to the account.
So, while I curse the miscreant who took my credit card number and countdown to the Thursday delivery of Brenda Drake’s hotly anticipated book, I have put together a little list to help pass the time. THIEF OF LIES meet the world’s most notorious thieves! And definitely scroll down for more information about Brenda’s book and on how you can win your own copy.
In honor of THIEF OF LIES, I give you the world’s top five thieves
(of things other than lies):
5 – Vincenzo Peruggia
Known for: Relieving the Louvre of one of the world’s most famous paintings
What he stole: The Mona Lisa in 1911
What’s the deal?: Can you even imagine having THE Mona Lisa in your possession? Peruggia kept it in his apartment for two years while trying, unsuccessfully, to sell it.
4 – Jesse James
Known for: Popularly credited with the first Wild West train robbery and first daytime bank heist
What he stole: Around $100,000 over his lifetime
What’s the deal?: Considering that, in 1874, a 3-room NYC apartment rented for $8 a month and in some parts of the country land was on sale for $5 an acre, Jesse James and his gang did some major damage.
3 – Stephen Blumberg
Known for: Being a book bandit
What he stole: Rare books valued at $5.3 million
What’s the deal?: Given that Brenda’s book involves a heroine who gets to visit the world’s most amazing libraries, it only seems right to mention Blumberg. He stole books from some of the world’s most amazing libraries, including a first edition copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
2 – Valerio Viccei
Known for: The Knightsbridge Security Deposit Robbery of 1987
What he stole: £60 million ($174 million today) in property from safe deposit boxes
What’s the deal?: Rented a safe deposit box and, once in the vault, subdued the guards and raided the place. Was only caught when returning to Italy for his favorite Ferrari. FYI, he also wrote a book.
1 – Leonardo Notarbartolo
Known for: The Antwerp Diamond Heist of 2003
What he stole: $100 million in Belgian Diamonds
What’s the deal?: Scene the movie Ocean’s Eleven? Yeah. Notarbartolo basically did that. In real life. He led a five person team past security measures that included Doppler radar, seismic sensors and a lock with millions of potential code combinations.
AND NOW…Here are some details about THIEF OF LIES:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather-clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.
ABOUT BRENDA DRAKE:
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up are of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling.
So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
I’ll be reviewing the book later this month when I have it and can read, so stay tuned.