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Bernard O'Mahoney
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5 Oct 2006

Bernard O'Mahoney was a key member of the Essex Boys firm - one of the most violent criminal gangs in Britain. In December 1995, the three leaders of the gang were executed as they sat in their Range Rover down a deserted farm track. For many, this meant that the horror of the gang's brutal reign was over.

For Jack Whomes and Michael Steele, the nightmare had just begun. Convicted of the murders on the word of a supergrass, these two men have spent more than a decade in prison for crimes they claim they did not commit. In Bonded by Blood, O'Mahoney goes back to exorcise his ghosts and lay the past to rest. He returns to the scene of the murders and relives the bloody encounters that marked his time as a gang member.

Divided by greed, bonded by the blood of their victims, the Essex Boys' rise to the top of the criminal underworld was as dramatic as their final fall.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845961641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845961640
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard O`Mahoney was born in Dunstable Bedfordshire in March 1960. Growing up O'Mahoney regularly bore the brunt of his father's psychotic violence. After a spell in the army, he served two prison sentences for wounding, before moving to Basildon and forming the Essex Boys firm, one of the most successful and violent criminal gangs in British history.


When O'Mahoney quit the firm, he received death threats from his partners, who were murdered less than a fortnight later. He was arrested in the aftermath of the triple murder but was never charged.


As he began to distance himself from his shady past, tragedy struck when his young wife died suddenly and, grieving, he spiralled out of control and ended up serving another spell in prison.


The Essex Boys firm has been the subject of three films and numerous books, but the gang's infamous activities are only one remarkable aspect of O'Mahoney's extraordinary life story. Since giving up his life of crime, O`Mahoney has become one of the UK`s best selling true crime authors.

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Bernard O'Mahoney is the author of a number of true-crime books, including the bestselling Essex Boys, The Dream Solution and Wannabe in my Gang? He has also written of his experiences in the army in Soldier of the Queen, and of his transition from Nazi thug to Nazi opponent in Hateland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gangster read. 8 Oct 2009
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A follow-up to Essex Boys with some material repeated but still a very good read if you like Brit true crime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime in the true sense of the word 28 Jan 2014
By DiDi
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excellent read as always with this author,his books always want you to read more!This the latest of several of his that i have read recently
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An Excellent read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good True Life Crime story.
I don't think you will be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 18 July 2013
By Robert
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Not as good as I had hoped,perhaps one day we will be given the name.ran out of steam early on
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