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The Esmaldi necklace was worth about $350,000: one hundred matched diamonds the size of garden peas, set in platinum. The sort of necklace people would murder for …

And Al Barney, beachcomber and layabout, knew its history – a tale of hate, jealousy and violence; of beautiful, wanton women and the most cunningly devised jewel robbery ever.