"Newton has filled this resource with character portraits of some of the most notorious thieves, and their pursuers, in the history of the world as well as general articles on such topics as "Jewel Theft: History," "Nazi Looting of Europe," and "Terrorist Robberies." Fascinating tales of heists often relate the not-so-exciting aspects of a life of crime, such as one bank robber giving up his illegal activities to supervise a bank's parking lot. The movie image of Bonnie and Clyde is altered by their real-life exploits, as is the reputation of Melvin Purvis (one of the FBI agents responsible for the capture and death of John Dillinger) by the discussion of his career. This encyclopedia offers historical background and solid curricular information. The author's research is extensive, as evidenced by the lengthy bibliography of selected sources. The black-and-white photographs add a great deal to the entries, often suggesting that even the most innocent of faces can have a rap sheet a mile long."
--School Library Journal