Stealing Sisi's Star: How a Master Thief Nearly Got Away With Austria's Most Famous Jewel

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In June 1998, at the height of Vienna's tourist season, an accomplished thief happened upon the greatest challenge of his young life. While on honeymoon, he spotted the last remaining diamond-and-pearl "Sisi Star," named for its original 19th century owner Empress Elisabeth, on display in Schönbrunn Palace, the Viennese version of Versailles. The ten-pointed star had been one of twenty-seven that the enigmatic Sisi, who was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day, wore in her extravagantly long, lush hair. Despite the multi-layered, high-tech security methods guarding the precious piece of jewelry as it rested on its red velvet pillow, the thief decided then and there that he would use his extraordinary talents to steal it.

The Star would remain hidden some 7,000 miles away until a team of determined Canadian police investigators launched a joint task force to bring down a criminal organization that had robbed banks, stores, and ordinary citizens on several continents. When the chief suspect offered to reveal the surprising whereabouts of the long-forgotten Sisi Star some nine years after it went missing, the officers realized that they were dealing with no ordinary thief. No one involved in the case, however, fully understood the exceptionally rich history of the Sisi Star - its ties to obsession, suicide, extravagant spending, and even assassination - nor how important it was for Austria to get it back.

In "Stealing Sisi's Star," Journalist Jennifer Bowers Bahney weaves together the tale of two narcissists, the glamorous Empress of Austria and the modern-day thief who baffled INTERPOL by stealing her precious jewel 100 years after her murder. 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Bowers Bahney has a B.A. from Smith College and a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She has written and produced for local news as well as internationally for CNN. Jennifer lives in Circleville, Ohio, with her husband and daughter.

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"It would be criminal for lovers of historical nonfiction to miss this story of theft, sadness, and obsession." -- Kirkus Reviews

"It would be criminal for lovers of historical nonfiction to miss this story of theft, sadness, and obsession...provides a fascinating peek at 19th-century thinking" --Kirkus Reviews

"The true story of a ten-pointed diamond and pearl star that entwines theft, obsession, suicide, and assassination" --Ohioana Library Association

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