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The inspiration behind the major motion picture Masterminds starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis!
The bizarre true story of the criminals behind the second-largest bank heist in American history.

One night in a small North Carolina town, a down-on-his-luck guard at Loomis Fargo manages to steal $17 million-literally more than one ton of cash. Despite being caught on camera wheeling the money from the vault to the getaway van, David Ghantt makes off to Mexico before the FBI can blink.

There's just one hitch: Ghantt has entrusted the money to an oddball crew of accomplices who had wooed him into committing this massive theft in the first place-and who, he soon learns, are trying to take him out. Now one of the most wanted men in America with the FBI hot on his heels, Ghantt must figure out how to get his money, get away from a hit man, and get even.

In this outrageously entertaining book, Jeff Diamant, the Charlotte Observer's lead reporter on the case, offers the definitive inside account of this astonishing true story that has captivated American audiences on the news and now on the big screen in the major motion picture, Masterminds.

About the Author

Jeff Diamant

Jeff Diamant, an award-winning journalist, covered one of the largest heists in U.S. history for the Charlotte Observer during the late 1990s. Afterwards he was a reporter for the Newark Star Ledger in New Jersey. His writing has appeared in numerous other publications including the Washington Post, Toronto Star and New York Times. A graduate of Yale College, he researches American religious history at the City University of New York. He has taught journalism classes at Rutgers University-Newark and American history at Lehman College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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