In 1998, after three years on the run during which he fled to Switzerland, Faid was caught. Sentenced to 20 years, he ended up spending more than a decade in high-security prisons around France.
After being released, Faid put himself out there -- not only with his book, but also as the subject of numerous interviews.
The high-adrenaline life of crime he described resembled that of another famous French gangster, Jacques Mesrine.
The country's most-wanted man in the 1970s, Mesrine made his name as a charismatic, press-courting criminal known for his daring bank heists and spectacular prison breaks.
Mesrine's story ended in 1979, when he was gunned down by police on the streets of Paris.