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Queen of the burglars : the scandalous life of Sophie Lyons / Shayne Davidson.

""Born in mid-nineteenth century America, Sophie Lyons was a master thief, con artist, blackmailer and smuggler. Much of her success as a criminal was due to the fact that she was fearless, reckless, sharp and cunning-everything a woman of her time was not supposed to be. As a young child, Sophie's parents forced her to steal when she showed a talent for pickpocketing. Strong-willed and smart, she blossomed into a beautiful teenager who caught the eye of many men in the underworld of New York City. By the time Sophie reached her late teens she was married to her second husband-a notorious bank burglar named Ned Lyons-and was a professional criminal in her own right. Despite her prominent place in crime history, Sophie Lyons has never been the subject of a full-length biography. This book chronicles Sophie's fascinating and tragic life, from her beginnings as a criminal prodigy, through her ingenious escape from Sing Sing prison and her lifelong struggle with mental illness."-Provided by publisher"--

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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
C9009232476 364.16 DAV
Adult nonfiction   Earlville Branch . . On Loan . 10 May 2021
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ISBN 9781476682549
9781476640549
Dewey 364.16
Author Davidson, Shayne
Title Queen of the burglars : the scandalous life of Sophie Lyons / Shayne Davidson.
Published Jefferson : Exposit, 2020.
Physical description vii, 218 pages. ; 23 cm.
Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary ""Born in mid-nineteenth century America, Sophie Lyons was a master thief, con artist, blackmailer and smuggler. Much of her success as a criminal was due to the fact that she was fearless, reckless, sharp and cunning-everything a woman of her time was not supposed to be. As a young child, Sophie's parents forced her to steal when she showed a talent for pickpocketing. Strong-willed and smart, she blossomed into a beautiful teenager who caught the eye of many men in the underworld of New York City. By the time Sophie reached her late teens she was married to her second husband-a notorious bank burglar named Ned Lyons-and was a professional criminal in her own right. Despite her prominent place in crime history, Sophie Lyons has never been the subject of a full-length biography. This book chronicles Sophie's fascinating and tragic life, from her beginnings as a criminal prodigy, through her ingenious escape from Sing Sing prison and her lifelong struggle with mental illness."-Provided by publisher"--
Subject Lyons, Sophie
Swindlers and swindling -- United States -- Biography
Thieves -- United States -- Biography
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