"Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief is a compelling memoir that details a life of crime and a series of gutsy capers rivaling anything that Hollywood could dream up, exploits made all the more astonishing for having been pulled off single-handedly. Bill Mason, a self-described "ordinary guy" who ended up ripping off everyone from Truman Capote to Phyllis Diller to the Mob, insists he’s on the straight and narrow now, but his story sure stole a good night’s sleep from me. "
—Les Standiford, author of Havana Run and Last Train to Paradise
“I think this book’s tremendous. As is always the case, real life, when properly described, is vastly more fascinating than fiction, and you need look no further for proof than Bill Mason’s amazing story. "
—Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can and The Art of the Steal
"Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief is the kind of book that drives crime-fiction writers like me up a wall: No one would ever believe these amazing, compelling stories of theft and deception if they weren’t sitting on the nonfiction rack. Mason tells his life story with such flair and confidence that I felt like I was dangling from a twenty-story ledge right along with him. Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief is the ultimate kind of guilty pleasure, because even though you know it’s so wrong, it feels so right."
—Eric Garcia, author of Matchstick Men
From the Hardcover edition.