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Lifted (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Evan Ratliff , The Atavist
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The robbers had a crew of two dozen specialists, a stolen helicopter, perfectly-designed explosives, and inside information on a $150 million cash repository in Stockholm. The police were on to them—or so they thought. What happened next would make headlines around the world, but the robbery was just part of the story. Evan Ratliff presents the inside tale of one of history's most elaborate heists, and the race to unravel it.

Evan Ratliff is the editor of The Atavist, a new home for original nonfiction. His writing appears in Wired, where he is a contributing editor, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and other publications. He is also the story editor of Pop-Up Magazine, a live event.

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Lifted demonstrates that Wired and New Yorker writer Evan Ratliff understands the two cornerstones of successful crime writing. First, choose criminals who can plan and carry off a narrative--that of their intended crime--with at least as much savvy as the writer himself. (Or herself: Think Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Donna Tartt.) Then, for nonfiction at least, just stick to the facts. To its immense credit, Lifted does exactly both. In telling the true story of this audacious Swedish bank heist of September 23, 2009, Ratliff metes out the known details with the subtly suspenseful mastery of a seasoned mystery/thriller writer. Featuring a motley cast on both sides of the law, the result is a gripping, seat's-edge thriller. --Jason Kirk

Product Details

  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: The Atavist (January 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F9KG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Single January 27, 2011
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Ratliff does a great job turning just the story and facts of a Swedish bank heist into an incredibly engaging and suspenseful thriller. If I hadn't read the description, I probably never would have guessed this was actually a work of non-fiction. And to me, that's how you mark a great book in this sort of genre.

It was definitely thoroughly researched, and the narrative is well pieced together. There's even a photograph of some of the buildings, characters, and scenery at the end of every chapter. This was definitely a nice touch, and you'll appreciate actually being able to see things like the roof of the bank where the heist took place.

As far as reading time, it took me about an hour at a pretty leisurely pace, and I'm not a fast reader. I think this was a great length though for this story. It's certainly a page turner, but it wouldn't have hurt to have more detail in a few places. You'll enjoy it if you're looking for a good, engrossing short read.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a Kindle Single fan! January 27, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this "single". It was very well researched and written. This format was just the right length for this story. I think that if he had tried to "flesh it out" to the length of a novel, it would have been watered down and boring.
Thanks, Amazon, for the new Kindle Singles. I will be reading more of them.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant use of the Kindle Singles format January 30, 2011
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The Kindle Singles format is arguably the best thing Amazon has introduced for Kindle owners since the Kindle itself. Ratliff takes full advantage of it in a tight article that is just the right length for the story it tells.

Ratliff has Michael Lewis's ability to take a non-fiction story and make it play like a Hollywood movie, in this case Ocean's 11 (except good). If this heist hadn't actually happened, you wouldn't have believed it could but Ratliff takes you right there.

This and the imagination of Steig Larsson make you wonder what on earth goes on in Sweden.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the sort of story that only happens in a movie January 28, 2011
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A great read. The Kindle Single format is perfect. The story reads like an exceptional long Rolling Stone article. I'll be reading more of these Singles. highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch true crime writing! January 31, 2011
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I really enjoyed this story. Fast moving action with just enough detail on the heist and the criminals. Obviously well-researched. Very nice job by the author.

I like the Kindle Singles format a lot.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, exciting, quick read January 29, 2011
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This was perfect for a long bus ride. Exciting and organized, it did a great job at telling the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic true-life tale March 8, 2011
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This is "Kindle Single" at it's finest. Extremely well researched and written, the author takes you on a fast paced journey through an incredible crime. While there is never a dull moment, there is also no stone left unturned. Similar to one of the better articles from the "New Yorker", the Single format allows the author to explore beyond what a typical magazine piece would allow. At the same time, there is no compulsion to add enough filler for a proper book.

I look forward to more Singles from Mr. Ratliff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 5, 2011
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I really do love the idea of the Kindle Singles, but this was one of those stories where I wished that it went on a little longer.

It was an excellent, exciting story, and the research that went into it was outstanding, but it wrapped up just as quickly as it started.

Good read, and certainly worth the $1.99 paid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars an interesting but unexciting story.
I felt as though I was reading a newspaper account of a robbery; interesting but unexciting. I had nothing else to read at the moment.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Daniel W. Alvino
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enthralling tale, enlightening about many things—only complaint is a slightly abrupt ending/coda.
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Purdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised.
Published 7 months ago by Robert H. Mcganty
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the real life Ocean's 11 that went sideways!
Evan Ratliff crafts a quality real life short-story about a strategic heist. This is the sort of story that serves as the basis for a cheesy Jason Statham or Steven Seagal movie... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Virgos Merlot
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read!
Succinct writing allows for a quick read of a real life event without a lot of needless filler. The author used details from extensive research to create fast-paced action during... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patrina Danielle Riha
4.0 out of 5 stars Like an extended WIRED article
Definitely well written, nice story. Perhaps not worth $2, but I enjoyed reading the single. Ratliff made it worth it.
Published 17 months ago by reading geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Great heist story.
Fun adventure yarn. Fast and furious. Well-written. Based on a true story, it read more like a novel. Totally enjoyable mind candy.
Published 17 months ago by Jan Demarinis
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a great heist movie.
Fun & quick. Reads just like a heist movie would be produced. I hope this becomes a movie some day!
Published 18 months ago by Bill Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Fascinating tale about a spectacular robbery in Sweden, well written story by Evan Ratliff, which moves with dazzingly speed. Recommended.
Published 18 months ago by Roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Book was good
Book was good a in deep look on how these guys pulled off a crazy robbery and some good policy work brought them to justice
Published on April 18, 2013 by mike carmine
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I thought it would be 1,99$
I think it's about 34 pages, according to the description.
Jan 27, 2011 by Kevin Jennings |  See all 5 posts
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