Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda stands a hundred metres high; its exterior coated with gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and topaz. This opulence pales in comparison to the pagoda’s centrepiece—a single seventy-six-carat diamond perched atop the pagoda’s spire since 1871.

No guards protect this wonder and no CCTV cameras monitor it. Only floodlights at the base provide security, bathing the magnificent structure in light. It’s amazing no one has yet stolen anything from Shwedagon. Sixty-year-old Australian thrill seeker and jewel thief Hannah Nolan plans to change that.

Nolan’s going for the big prize—all seventy-six carats of it. To succeed, she’ll need partners, careful planning, and a fence willing to move one of the most famous diamonds in the world. She’ll also need to tread carefully around her husband Simon, a police detective with no knowledge of his wife’s habit of operating outside of the law.

Hannah’s hatched the perfect scheme, with only one small problem: no heist ever goes as expected.


Noleen Jordan

Noleen Jordan spent twenty years in operations management and strategic sourcing for the entertainment, retail, and manufacturing industries. Now retired, she focuses on traveling and writing. Her love of travel gave her the opportunity to experience many different cultures, providing her with knowledge that runs through both Norfolk and her crime thriller, Shwedagon. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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Review Review - SHWEDAGON, Noleen Jordan (and a giveaway)
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Monday, September 7, 2015

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