The Diamond Smugglers: The True Story of an International Crime Ring and Its Downfall, Told by the Creator of James Bond (Paperback)

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THE TRUE STORY OF AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME RING AND ITS DOWNFALL

In 1957, as the Cold War raged, Ian Fleming took a respite from writing James Bond to craft a work of nonfiction every bit as tense as a Bond adventure. Aided by an ex-MI5 agent and International Diamond Security Organization operative going by the alias “John Blaize,” Fleming chronicled the IDSO’s infiltration of the “million-carat network”―the world’s most notorious diamond smuggling ring.

Every year, a shadowy band of racketeers pirated a fortune in diamonds out of Africa, and the majority of the stolen gems wound up in the hands of Communist nations. In response, the IDSO commissioned a private army, led by legendary British spymaster Sir Percy Sillitoe, to penetrate and topple the ring.

When the operation was complete, the Sunday Times gave the story to Fleming, who had impressed Sillitoe with his earlier Bond adventure Diamonds Are Forever. A remarkable feat of investigative journalism, The Diamond Smugglers is the thrilling true story behind one of the greatest spy operations in history. 

About the Author


Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency, after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before working in Naval Intelligence during World War Two. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write thirteen other Bond books as well as two works of nonfiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler, who called Fleming “the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England” and President Kennedy, who named From Russia with Love as one of his favorite books. The books inspired a hugely successful series of film adaptations that began in 1962 with the release of Dr. No. He was married to Ann O'Neill, with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964.

Praise For…


“It is often difficult to remember that we are not listening to his old hero Mr. James Bond…Several yarns are worthy of the best spy-stories.”  — Observer

“An exciting and richly fascinating account.”  — Sunday Times

“Fleming not only had a gift for gripping plots, but an abundantly moreish prose style with pin-sharp descriptions.”  — Daily Telegraph

“Fleming’s books are well-written, pacy, and hard-edged.”  — Lee Child, Daily Mail

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063299108
ISBN-10: 0063299100
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 6th, 2024
Pages: 144
Language: English