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Royal Heist: A Novel (La Plante, Lynda) [Kindle Edition]

Lynda La Plante
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Book Description

From Lynda La Plante, one of the world’s greatest crime writers, Royal Heist is a big, dashing novel of deception, passion, and international suspense, in which a man with a dangerous double life masterminds the greatest robbery of all time.

With a beautiful family and a magnificent fortune, Edward de Jersey is making news with his prized racehorse Royal Flush. But while de Jersey socializes with the cream of English society, he keeps to himself the details of his background and how he acquired his wealth. The son of an East End bookie, de Jersey reinvented himself as an aristocrat after pulling off some of England’s most notorious heists. He has no intention of ever going back to crime . . . until his financial adviser loses his entire fortune in a disastrous investment and de Jersey decides to retrieve it the old-fashioned way: by stealing it.

From Monaco to the Hamptons, from London to the shadowy back alleys of cyberspace, de Jersey goes into action, using guile, force, and the latest technology to put together the perfect plan. Drawing on the expertise of a computer hacker with a passion for Elvis, the inside knowledge of a dying aristocrat, and the skill of a professional impersonator, de Jersey is ready to commit his greatest and final crime. He’s going to steal the crown jewels from under the nose of the royals themselves.

Now, as Royal Flush prepares for a spectacular run at the Derby, de Jersey faces his moment of truth: How much is he willing to risk to win the sport’s most coveted prize? And just how far will he go to get away with the perfect crime?

A novel that builds to an amazing crescendo of suspense, Royal Heist is a glamorous and gritty tale of men and women bound together by love, greed, trust, and mistrust. With all the pounding excitement of a high-stakes horse race, this is fiction that takes hold, doesn’t let go, and dares us to keep guessing until the very end.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

La Plante (Prime Suspect, etc.) heads for Ascot in this involving heist novel about a British champion racehorse owner who decides to steal the Crown Jewels after losing his fortune in an Internet scam. Son of a London bookie, husband of a Swedish beauty and owner of an enviable stable of horses, Edward de Jersey is also the retired mastermind of one of Britain's most famous unsolved robberies, a man who would rather die than give up his life of privilege. Step by step, he plans, prepares and executes a modern version of the Great Train Robbery, overcoming computerized security systems and penetrating royal protocol. De Jersey brutally dispenses enemies and boldly protects friends on both sides of the Atlantic, but it is his team of accomplices that makes this classic crime caper a compelling read, among them Pamela, the ex-con television actress; Lord Westbrook, the disgraced palace equerry; and Marsh, the computer whiz turned crook. La Plante's knowledge of the sport of kings, her sense of irony in human relationships and her deceptively cool narrative style allow her to visit familiar crime fiction territory with aplomb. She does not create the equal of her Masterpiece Theatre detective Jane Tennison, but she weaves an intricate story of crime and character that starts off slowly and then keeps the reader guessing as it gallops to a photo finish.
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From Booklist

La Plante's most famous work is the gritty PBS crime drama Prime Suspect; her latest is also imaginable as a television miniseries but of a very different kind--the high-concept variety featuring great wealth, thoroughbred racehorses, a cosmopolitan setting, and beautiful women with incredibly big jewels. Throw in a little greed, jealousy, adultery, theft, and murder, and you're ready for prime time. Royal Heist, however, is several cuts above its glossy brethren, thanks to a remarkable protagonist named Edward de Jersey (think Pierce Brosnan). A self-made British billionaire with a Swedish trophy wife, de Jersey is so darned likable that readers may feel slightly guilty rooting him on as he plots to steal the crown jewels--especially when a couple of people are murdered along the way. While the "heist" itself isn't all that believable, it's not enough to take our minds off de Jersey's cool head under pressure or his love for his racehorse Royal Flush. La Plante's opulent opus offers readers a chance to identify with a charismatic hero who romps with the super-rich. Jenny McLarin
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Product Details

  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400060257
  • Publisher: Random House (July 13, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1RSW
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, Complex Caper January 6, 2007
Lynda La Plante, author of "Royal Heist," previously wrote the substantial police procedural "Prime Suspect." As a former actress, she then produced that book for television, under the same title. It thereupon became the influential, prestigious Edgar award-winning, British Broadcasting Company, and, later, Public Broadcasting System television series "Prime Suspect," starring Helen Mirren. That book, and tv show, were infused with the gritty realism of the English cop shop as it then was: La Plante researched it by interviewing the highest-ranking English police woman of the time. Book and tv series were also infused with the gritty realism of some of the meanest streets to be found in England at the time. In fact, in a recent interview, Mirren claimed that "Prime Suspect" was the first tv crime drama to accurately portray the workings of English police stations: all previous programs, she stated, even, for example, "Inspector Morse," were not. However, La Plante's "Royal Heist" turns its back on realistic grit: it's a crime caper set in the rarified world of horse racing, sport of kings, among some impossibly beautiful glamorous people.

Immensely rich Edward de Jersey, owner of prize horses, beautiful wife and daughters, meets the Queen of England at Ascot racetrack, and then is ruined by a [...] collapse. Therefore, de Jersey, a self-made man, born plain old Eddy Jersey, son to a bookie in London's East End, decides his only option is to steal the Queen's jewels, including the gigantic, invaluable Koh-I-Noor diamond. (He had, you see, originally made his fortune by a series of daring, big bucks, famous robberies, gold bullion, that sort of thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crown jewel heist August 17, 2004
I generally like my caper novels with laughs and switchbacks. Instead, LaPlante, creator of TV's "Prime Suspect," delivers ruthlessness and daring. And a seemingly endless supply of obstacles. All of which Edward de Jersey is single-mindedly determined to overcome in his do-or-die quest to keep his life in the style to which he has become accustomed.

De Jersey, son of a bookie, has risen to the top of British society on the proceeds of previous criminal success. Now he breeds racehorses, looking for his crowning jewel, a derby winner. With Royal Flush that glory is almost within grasp when it all comes tumbling down. Suddenly, in a tumble, he's bankrupt. His trusted accountant has lost it all and killed himself.

Having previously carried out Britain's most daring robberies (a fact unknown to all but his accomplices), de Jersey dreams up a scheme to gather his old gang together and recoup his losses. By stealing the Crown Jewels. There are lots of problems with this plan, of course. Security seems impregnable. The old gang isn't getting any younger and none of them have stolen so much as a stick of gum in years. De Jersey's wife is angry and suspicious about his secrecy. His accountant's sister-in-law has gotten curious. And the team of robbers keeps getting bigger.

To pull this one off de Jersey needs a lot of accomplices, including a computer hacker, a queen, a lady-in-waiting, and a footman. De Jersey himself becomes a less sympathetic character as the plans grow more complicated, but the secondary characters are appealing. There's an odd distance to this novel, which is a mite off-putting, but the daring plot keeps the pages turning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Royal Heist by Lynda la Plante April 12, 2013
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I have read all the Kindle books penned by Lynda la Plante. They have been murder mysteries and I have loved everyone. Her last one on the Kindle list for me was Royal Heist. It was a very disappointing book. She spent a lot of time building towards the heist with interesting details. They pull the heist off and then the novel goes badly south to a very disappointing conclusion!! If you're a stickler for justice above all else than this is the book for you. If you you want the bad guys to win every once and a while, then don't bother with this book.

Elle Greene
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough going at first, but improves in the second act September 10, 2009
Lynda LaPlante, Royal Heist (Random House, 2004)

It took me about a year and a half to read Royal Heist. Not continuously, of course. I started it back in December of 2007, struggled through the first few chapters, and when it had to go back to the library, didn't renew it. Here comes 2009, and I'm going through my backlist cleaning it out, so I put the book on hold again and pick up where I left off. (I get questions about that sort of thing. Honestly, I don't find it any harder to do that after eighteen months than I do putting a book down at night and picking it up again the next morning. I don't know why.) I'm glad I did, because it does markedly improve once you're farther into it, but I came very close to abandoning it for good after the first seventy-five pages or so. Be warned.

The novel concerns Edward de Jersey, formerly Eddie Jersey, a thief and con man during his younger years. With his friends James Driscoll and Tony Wilcox, he was part of a band of thieves known as the Three Musketeers, who after pulling off one of the biggest heists in British history, quit their lives of crime and went legitimate. Until, that is, all three invest in an internet startup run by someone even more fraudulent than they are. De Jersey, now a Thoroughbred owner with a horse who has a great deal of promise for next year's Derby, has no intentions of his ship going down, much less him going down with it. But the more he thinks about it, the more he has only one option: revive the Three Musketeers and pull off an even more audacious robbery, one that will return to them the hundreds of millions of pounds they lost.

Once we get into the planning of the heist, the book picks up. We don't get there for quite a while, however, and the setup is interminable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book
I read all of the Anna Travis books and was not sure about a stand alone novel, but it was very interesting and engaging. I am glad I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by Martha Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Royal Heist: the novel
A little disappointing; I went to the end to find what happened to the main character.
This wasn't the best of LaPlante's writings.
Published 8 months ago by jennivene t larson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
My favorite author
Published 9 months ago by K. Harter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I ordered this book since I had read a number of Lynda La Plant's other books, especially the Prime Suspect series. This book was pretty good.
Published 12 months ago by DJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Heist
As always, a great read from this author. I enjoy the research she does when writing her novels. OK< enough!!
Published 18 months ago by Mary Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the law
Lynda La Plante created a complicated central character with a colorful supporting cast entwined in a suspenseful plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published on January 2, 2013 by Louise Ousley
5.0 out of 5 stars royal heist indeed
Great story! Fast paced, imaginative, well written. From the first up to the last page it's a thrill to read.
Linda La Plante excelled this time!
Published on August 10, 2012 by ana maria g.coelho
3.0 out of 5 stars Royal Heist
The author has always been a favourite, because her research has been very detailed and her stories kept me in total suspense. It was for these reasons that I purhased the book. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Maxi
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Heist is a great read
The book arrived as promised and looked as good as new. a great read as well
Published on September 7, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars royal heist
The book was received on time and was in very good condition. I was well satisfied with the purchase.
Published on August 16, 2007 by Charles F. Trauthjr
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More About the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect novels, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company, and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

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