Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief Book Summary and Study Guide

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Villard, Apr 2004, 24.95, 365 pp.
ISBN: 0375508392

In the 1960s when Bill Mason was in his twenties, he began a life of crime, stealing jewelry. As he became more proficient at his profession, he raised the ante soon taking gems from a virtual who's who of 1960s-1970s Hollywood. Such notables like Phyllis Diller, the Cleveland Mafia chief, and Bob Hope were among his victims. Mr. Mason especially seemed to enjoy a caper involving a perfect security system that no cat burglar could crash. Besides meticulous planning of the theft, Mr. Mason constantly states that the problem with a100% burglar proof security system is somewhere a human is involved; meaning windows left open, systems not turned on, etc.
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This true crime memoir initially leads readers to feel Mr. Mason sounds like a real life Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. However, that turns a bit negative when it feels as if the author is boasting about his daring deeds that led to little jail time, but also the author shows some remorse that his profession has had a negatively profound impact on his family.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   criminal (general) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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