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Armed Candy: A True-Life Story of Organised Crime

Armed Candy: A True-Life Story of Organised Crime [Kindle Edition]

Reg McKay
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Sex, drugs, crime and murder - how one woman survived

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Armed Candy is the true story of one woman's struggle for survival on Britain's meanest streets.

Kay has spent her whole life trying to escape. Sexually abused by her grandmother, she pleaded to return to her mother's care. But instead of finding a safe haven, Kay entered a world of drug abuse, swinging and dabbling in the occult. Although still a small child, she was soon buying drugs for her mother and being moved out of her bed as orgies ensued in her home.

When she tried to escape, she ended up in a violent marriage, from which she fled in fear of her life. Turning to her mother for help, she was tricked into prostitution, her own mother acting much like a pimp.

Kay became a high-class call girl, but then, through a chance meeting, she got involved with the most dangerous criminal gang in Glasgow. Women associated with such gangs are often seen as decorative arm candy, but Kay

was admitted to the inner core, where she became involved in making decisions of life and death.

She fell in love with the gang's equaliser, a young man feared throughout the country, and together they formed a formidable partnership. But they were too successful, and when they appeared to threaten some powerful interests they had to be taken out. The day that Kay's lover was gunned down in broad daylight saw the beginning of a reign of death in the city, as the organised crime world became paranoid and turned in on itself. For Kay, it was the beginning of her way out.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1840185716
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (22 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D4P410
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT IT SEEMS 14 Sep 2012
By me
Kay or Karen what ever you want to call her, did indeed have a hard childhood, but her mother and sister were not as bad as Kay/Karen made out. She used this book as a way of hurting those she loved , because she was hurt after losing Simmy the love of her life. If you know who all the characters are then you can understand it better. I think Reg McKay was duped on this one. The story is about Stewart Specky Boyd and his crew, and how Kay/Karen was Boyd s mistress, she then started seeing John Simpson who was Boyd s henchman, this is when things started going wrong for them both. They tried taking on Boyd who at the time had already been accused of 4 murders.
I wont spoil it to much but one thing to remember is Kay/Karen was locked up in a mental institution, she spouts hatred with malicious lies about her family and some friends whom she grew up with. All this hatred for Boyd/Cummings but she still made his funeral and wept her heart out. A complicated girl, but one with a story to tell, just a pity she had to feel the need to add parts to a story that needed nothing added.
would research who the characters are based on before I read it, once that is done you will enjoy this book so much more
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbing read 30 Jun 2002
i thought the first 8-10 chapters of the book were a little bit graphic although it did highlight the disturbing childhood that kay had to shows how desperate some young girls are to try and escape the horror of the slums.Kay managed to escape but at what cost ?.her health suffered as she slipped into a world of drink and serious drug abuse.amongst the anguish of her life was the good points.her great love for lover Paul Sim shone through all the bad times that she was forced to endure in her hard sad i read this book i felt myself caring for kay as if she was my own sibling and a part of my life.i hope that life gets better for the real-life kay and she finds happiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, although shocking read. 26 Mar 2014
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Yes it is very graphic, but I suppose it brings these things to the attention of the reader as some of the things described in the book I'd never even have imagined someone could be capable of. I think her work as a prostitute gives an interesting insight into that world and I am interested to know what footballers she was talking about in the strip club scene. As far as it being true, I take all true crime books with a pinch of salt as it is really one persons word against another and Reg McKay did change the names of the people involved.

What I didn't like is the way he attempts to justify everything Kay does, to try and explain how innocent and naive she was, which I think ruins the flow of the story. I'd rather he just said what was meant to have happened and leave the reader to judge.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lies 31 Aug 2013
By amanda
Hi i'm kay's younger sister, well really her name is karen. I'm totally disgusted with the lie's in that book, My grandmother was a wonderful gran, and i stayed with her and my grandad and can assure everyone that none of that happened, it is total lie's, I am really angry about the stuff in that book, as my mother had nothing to do with karen becoming a hooker, she done that by choice of her own, and my mother did not send her out to get drugs either, I just want to set the record straight here as i know better than anybody who is reading this s***, that it full of lies, my gran and my mother do not deserve those lie's being said about them. Don't know how people get away with making up so much lie's its a total disgrace, and i will never forgive my sister for making all this s*** up. So people that read the book and feel sorry for her, don't bother.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't put it down. 29 July 2004
This one is a very detailed story and written in a way that draws you right in. It's controversial but who wants to read about happy, perfect people living happy, perfect lives?!?

At the end of each chapter you're left wondering if things will work out well for the protagonist and despite kick after kick in the teeth, she perseveres. I liked the structure used to depict various events in Kay's life - the order is slightly scattered but there are indications as to whether they happened early on or later in her life, so it's easy to follow. Whether fictitious or not, really interesting and a rewarding and unexpected finale.

Unlike some novels I have read, there is no anti-climax here. I wouldn't recommend this book for innocent/naiive minds. Perhaps not for the easily offended. Ten out of ten.
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