The Prince of Thieves Author:J J Lynx When handsome George Manolesco, son of an impoverished ex-army officer, fled his native Rumania in the 1880's, he was only a jump ahead of the law; but his return some years later was to the music of brass bands and the cheers of multitudes. He had distinguished himself in the capital of Europe and America as one of the most glamorous and audac... more »ious rogues of all time: gentleman theif, gambler extraordinaire, a combination Casanova and Robin Hood.
During the twenty years of his heyday this prince of thieves stole nearly ten million dollars (most of it in jewels), lived in outrageous luxury in the world's watering places, consorted with royalty and masquerade for years as a prince, was the lover of scores of wealthy and highborn women (and husband to two of them), constantly out maneuvered the police, lost several fortunes at the gaming tables, and never committed a mean or cruel act in his life.
Reputed to be the inspiration for such literary rascals as Raffles, Arsene Lupin and Felix Krull, Manolesco in the flesh was more dashing, bizarre and incredible than any of his fictional descendants. This fabulous and suspenseful tale of turn-of-the-century derring-do is none the less exciting for being true.« less