London's Gangs at War

Dick Kirby

 
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Integrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473894761
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$19.99

Overview
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The 1950s and 1960s saw a changing of the guard in London's gangland. A new and even more ruthless breed of criminal emerged to replace the aging generation of likes of Sabini, Mullins and Hayes.

Protection rackets on bookies, club owners and shops were commonplace. Prostitution and drugs offered rich pickings. Police corruption was all too commonplace.

Thanks to media interest the names of Charlie Richardson, Mad Frankie Fraser, Scarface Smithson and the Nichols became as widely known as they were feared. And then there were the Kray Twins, whose notoriety and brutality became watchwords. But as this insider book reveals they did not have it all their own way. For a thrilling and shocking story London's Gangs at War is in a class of its own. What makes it so chilling is that the murders, torture and mayhem actually happened.

About The Author
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Dick Kirby was born in the East End of London and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967\. Half of his twenty-six years’ service was spent with Scotland Yard’s Serious Crime Squad and the Flying Squad.Kirby contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis, as well as appearing on television and radio. The Guv’nors, The Sweeney, Scotland Yard’s Ghost Squad, Brave Line Death on the Beat, Scourge of Soho, Crime and Corruption at The Yard and London Gangs at War are all published under the Wharncliffe True Crime imprint and he has further other published works to his credit. On retirement he lives near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Kirby can be visited at his website: www.dickkirby.com.

REVIEWS
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"Some of this is familiar to us from TV programmes such as Foyle's War and Dads' Army - but Dick Kirby's terrific book breaks new ground in identifying and recounting what actually happened during those troubled times."

- Books Monthly

“…a true insiders book that reveals the gangsters did not have it all their own way. An inherently fascinating read that is immensely informative and exceptionally well written, "London's Gangs at War" is an extraordinary study and an unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Criminology collections.”

- Midwest Book Review, January 2018

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