The Art of the Heist

Confessions of a Master Thief

By Myles J. Connor, Jr.; Jenny Siler
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061672293, 293pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Theres a rush to it, an elevation of the senses. . . . Its a sweet feeling, one Ill never get tired of, not on my twentieth heist, or my fiftieth, or my hundredth.

Once a promising young rock musician, the son of a decorated policeman, Myles Connor became one of Bostons most notorious criminalsa legendary art thief with irresistible charm and a genius IQ whose approach to his chosen profession mixed brilliant tactical planning with stunning bravado, brazen disguises, audaciously elaborate con jobs, and even the broad-daylight grab-and-dash. New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Bostons Museum of Fine Art . . .no museum was off-limits. The fact that he was in jail at the time of the largest art theft in American historythe still-unsolved robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museumhas not stopped the FBI from considering him a prime suspect. Optioned for film by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director William Monahan (The Departed), The Art of the Heist is Connors storypart confession, part thrill ride, and impossible to put down.

About the Author
Myles J. Connor grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of a decorated policeman. During the 1960s and '70s he was the leader of a successful Boston rock-and-roll band, Myles and the Wild Ones. He robbed his first museum when he was twenty years old. Shortly after, he gained notoriety for his daring escape from a Maine jail, and for his involvement in a dramatic shoot-out with Boston police. Connor has planned and executed numerous bank robberies and museum heists, several of which are told here for the first time.

Jenny Siler grew up in Missoula, Montana. She has travelled widely and worked her way around the world, starting as a prep-cook in a men's soup kitchen, through working in a fish cannery in Alaska, to being a nude sketch model in Germany. Her work, she says, has defined her and her writing. Recently she married, and returned to her roots in Montana.
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