Villains' Paradise: A History of Britain's Underworld

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Pegasus Books, 2006 - History - 506 pages
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Thomas has excelled himself. An important and riveting study in social history, it also has a very pertinent relevance in the crime-riddled society that is Britain today.-The Sunday Times (London) A magnificent book. Beautifully written, utterly compelling: almost without fault in every respect.-The Literary Review Venturing into the urban underbelly of postwar Britain, and especially of London, this riveting true-crime chronicle explores the shadowy ganglands where for twenty-five years armed robbery, prostitution, vice, and drugs flourished under racketeer kings.
 

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Contents

After the War i
1
The Shadow of a Gunman
9
Welcome Home
30
The Land of the WellGreased Palm
61
My Victims Body Had Followed Me Home
86
The PostWar Psychopaths
101
Professionals and Amateurs
135
Young Thugs
165
Robbing the Mail
302
Cosh and Carry
319
All the Way to the Bank
337
Safety in Numbers
369
The Crazy Gang
396
Spare a Copper
420
A Matter of Confidence
447
No One Does That Any More
466

No End of a Lesson
195
Who Are You Looking At?
219
If the Coke Dont Get You
240
Immoral Earnings
265
Notes
475
Index
489
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About the author (2006)

Donald Thomas is the prolific author of dozens of books, including poetry, fiction, biography, and true-crime. His widely praised The Victorian Underworld was short-listed for the Golden Dagger Award and followed by An Underworld at War (2003). Thomas is also the author of seven biographies, including the international bestseller Cochrane: Britain's Sea-Wolf. He lives in Bath.

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