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Author Payne, Doris, 1930- author.

Title Diamond Doris : the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief / Doris Payne with Zelda Lockhart.

Publication Info. New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Payne,D PAY    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 262 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents Part I : Color -- I wasn't born a jewel thief -- Greed -- My declaration of war -- Mr. Benjamin -- Part II : Clarity -- Trickster in practice -- Finding my way out -- My first big heist -- Hot ice, cold feet -- Making good on my crimes -- Taking things to the next level -- Racial backfire -- It's who you know, but you don't own me -- Family ties and known associates -- Part III : Cut -- Going international -- Diamond fever -- Returning to baby Jesus -- Fault line -- Off my game -- Throwing dust at disaster -- Part IV : Carat -- Snared -- Telling people what they want to hear -- Tokyo diamonds and the mohair coat -- The long game -- Dry snitches -- Reckoning.
Summary "Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, the bright and willful Doris Payne dreamed big. Fascinated by the fine clothes, jewels, and lifestyles in magazines such as Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, she imagined a world beyond herself, one in which she did not carry the weight of limitations that others imposed on her and where her beloved mother was free from her father's abuse. After the owner of a local store threw her out when a white customer arrived, Doris vowed that neither her race or gender would hold her back. She was going to control her own life and make her own money. Using her Southern charm and quick wit, she began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores, and over the course of six decades, grew her talents with each heist. As a world-class expert jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies, using nuns and various ruses to help her avoid arrest while her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems. A rip-roaringly fun and exciting tale, Diamond Doris is the portrait of a captivating antihero who experienced life to the fullest -- on her own terms." -- From publisher's description.
Subject Payne, Doris, 1930-
Jewel thieves -- United States -- Biography.
Jewel thieves -- United States -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
True crime stories.
Added Author Lockhart, Zelda, author.
ISBN 9780062917997 (hardcover) $25.99
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