Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief

Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture


In the ebullient spirit of Ocean’s 8, The Heist, and Thelma & Louise, a sensational and entertaining memoir of the world’s most notorious jewel thief—a woman who defied society’s prejudices and norms to carve her own path, stealing from elite jewelers to live her dreams.

Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Surrounded by people who sought to limit her potential, Doris vowed to turn the tables after the owner of a jewelry store threw her out when a white customer arrived. Neither racism nor poverty would hold her back; she would get what she wanted and help her mother escape an abusive relationship.

Using her southern charm, quick wit, and fascination with magic as her tools, Payne began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores. Over the course of six decades, her talents grew with each heist. Becoming an expert world-class jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies and her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems to Hollywood celebrities.

Doris’s criminal exploits went unsolved well into the 1970s—partly because the stores did not want to admit that they were duped by a black woman. Eventually realizing Doris was using him, her boyfriend turned her in. She was arrested after stealing a diamond ring in Monte Carlo that was valued at more than half a million dollars. But even prison couldn’t contain this larger-than-life personality who cleverly used nuns as well as various ruses to help her break out. With her arrest in 2013 in San Diego, Doris’s fame skyrocketed when media coverage of her astonishing escapades exploded.

Today, at eighty-seven, Doris, as bold and vibrant as ever, lives in Atlanta, and is celebrated for her glamorous legacy. She sums up her adventurous career best: “It beat being a teacher or a maid.” A rip-roaringly fun and exciting story as captivating and audacious as Catch Me if You Can and Can You Ever Forgive Me?—Diamond Doris is the portrait of a captivating anti-hero who refused to be defined by the prejudices and mores of a hypocritical society.

 

Title:Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief
ISBN:9780062918017
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    Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief Reviews

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    I had never heard of Doris Payne the notorious life-long jewel thief until I just happened to spot this at the library. She's a fascinating woman that's for sure. If you liked Ocean's, you're going to...

  • Nandi Crawford

    Great book. Reads like a rollercoaster. How this lady did this and had little jail time is incredible....

  • Jeanette

    This was found on a library "new" shelf and sounded intriguing. Now just after finishing this quick read- I can't say it was. It was rather interesting and a peculiar type of detailed display of a per...

  • Temika

    This will be one of the most entertaining memoirs you ever read! I could not put this down. This book is divided into 4 parts:Color: It’s fascinating how childhood and media can shape how we view ou...

  • ? wambui ?

    First ever memoir and I enjoyed it. Doris' attitude in life will stay with me for a while, that's for sure. She's not the best role model but she's her own person with her own principles that she mana...

  • Dee Dee G

    This book was fascinating. I don’t know how Ms. Doris was able to live her life the way she did. That took a lot of guts....

  • Victoria Law

    A riveting read by a Black woman who became the world's most wanted diamond thief. I was intrigued by her justification for stealing diamonds (that they had initially been stolen from Africa just as h...

  • Belinda

    I have never heard of Doris Payne before coming across this book on Hoopla. The cover with a black woman that said "the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief" was all I needed to see to...

  • Fredrick Danysh

    Doris Paker was an international jewel thief. With the assistance of Zelda Lockhart she tells her life's story. The quality of writing varies with the autobiography part reading like it was writtrn by...

  • Rachel

    Hell fucking yes.That's it, that's the review. But, honestly, I loved this because it's unapologetic, honest, and occasionally brutal....