Rights offering detail :
The Woman Who Stole Vermeer (Film/TV Rights)
July 26, 2020
Author:
Anthony Amore
Category:
Non-fiction: Biography
Description:
Rose Dugdale's life is singularly notorious. Born into extreme wealth (she was a member of the last class of debutantes who were presented to the Queen), she abandoned her life as an Oxford-trained Ph.D. and heiress to join the cause of Irish Republicanism. While on the surface she appears to be the British version of Patricia Hearst, she is anything but. Dugdale ran head-first towards the action, spearheading the first aerial terrorist attack in British history by dropping bombs on a police station. Later, Dugdale was the mastermind and leader of the biggest art theft of her time, when she led a gang into the opulent Russborough House in Ireland to make off with millions in prized paintings, including a work by the mysterious master Johannes Vermeer. Dugdale thus became—to this day—the only woman to pull off a major art heist. Later imprisoned, Dugdale shocked the UK when it was learned that she was pregnant and would later give birth to her only son while locked up among terrorists and other criminals. In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, prison officials later let her marry the also-incarcerated father of her child. When he was later released, he would go on to stage a kidnapping of Dublin's leading industrialist in an attempt to win's his wife's freedom in a weeks-long standoff that had all of Ireland at the edge of their seats.
Rights available:
Film/TV Rights- Mary Pender UTA -- Foreign Rights-Taryn Fagerness Agency
Rights sold:
World English to Pegasus.
Other Information:
Anthony M. Amore has previously published two books with St. Martin's Press. His first, STEALING REMBRANDTS: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS ART HEISTS was a Wall Street Journal Crime Best Seller. His second book, THE ART OF THE CON: THE MOST NOTORIOUS FAKES, FRAUDS and FORGERIES was a New York Times bestseller in crime. It was also named to the top twenty of Amazon's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015. Amore is the chief investigator of the infamous 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in which more than $500 million in masterpieces were stolen. As a result, he garners a great deal of media attention, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and countless international and national broadcast outlets. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to broadcast outlets, offering his expertise on matters related to theft, security, and terrorism.

"A rollicking biography of a female art thief. In his lively third book about art and crime, Amore, the director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tells the story of a ‘fiery, bold, and brash’ Englishwoman who stole for nationalistic reasons. A captivating, detail-rich biography of a ‘criminal legend.’” -Kirkus Reviews

"Anthony Amore has written an engrossing character study of Rose Dugdale, a remarkable criminal. I'm very familiar with Anthony and his work, and there are similarities in how he analyzes thefts of art to come up with a specific offender profile and my process for analyzing crimes of violence. Why + How = Who." John Douglas, legendary FBI criminal profiler, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and inspiration for Netflix’s Mindhunter

www.AnthonyAmore.com
Contact:
SHARLENE MARTIN
Martin Literary & Media Management
Sharlene@MartinLit.com
phone: 206-466-1773
Offering #:
16543
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