A true-life thriller completely exposes the network behind the illegal trade in ancient artifacts--and features a rich cast of rogues and some of the world's most prestigious art institutions The story begins, as stories do in all good thrillers, with a botched robbery and a police chase.... read more
Prologue on Fifth Avenue
1: Operation Geryon
2: Sotheby's, Switzerland, Smugglers
3: Connoisseurs and Criminals - the Passion for Greek Vases
4: Corridor 17
5: Forensic Archaeology in the Freeport
6: The Paper Trail, the Polaroids, and the "Cordata"
7: The Getty - the "Museum of the Tombaroli"
8: The Metropolitan in New York and Other Rogue Museums
9: "Collectors Are the Real Looters"
10: The Laundries of London and New York
11: Phone Taps and the Great Rumor
12: The Paris Raid on Robert Hecht
13: Raids in Zurich and Geneva, Arrest and Interrogations in Cyprus and Berlin
14: Interrogations in Los Angeles and Manhattan
15: The Puzzle of the "Orphans"
16: The "Cordata" Continues - in Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Oxford
17: The Fall of Robin Symes
18: The Woodcutter's Archive
19: The Trial of Giacomo Medici
20: Trading with Japan, Trials in Rome
21: Operation Eclipse
22: Conclusion: $500 Million + 100,000 Looted Tombs = Chippindale's Law
Epilogue on Fifth Avenue
Acknowledgments and Dedication
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