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Caught in the Crossfire [Paperback]

Russell Findlay
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28 Jun 2012
The deadliest Glasgow gang war of a generation - the Daniel family versus the Lyons - was sparked by an opportunistic cocaine theft from a house party which unleashed a decade of murderous violence. Devastation ensued ...beatings, slashings, abductions, torture and road-rage murder. Homes were firebombed while children slept; families were ripped apart and witnesses forced into protection. Michael Lyons, 21, was slaughtered when a crime summit at a north Glasgow garage turned into a triple shooting bloodbath, and Daniel lieutenant Kevin 'The Gerbil' Carroll, 29, had 10 shots pumped into him outside a suburban Asda supermarket in broad daylight as shoppers fl ed in terror. The desecration of the grave of eight-year-old cancer victim Garry Lyons marked a sickening low. Caught in the crossfire were a band of parents in Milton, Glasgow, who made a brave stand against their community centre being used as a gang hut by the Lyons. Against the odds, they won their six-year battle against routine violence and intimidation and at the same time exposed a shocking and murky nexus between police officers, politicians and the underworld. This is the explosive story of what happened as the Daniel - Lyons feud spiralled out of control and engulfed a whole community.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (28 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841589918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841589916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Findlay is an investigative journalist who has worked in newspapers for 20 years. He is co-author of the bestselling true crime book, The Iceman: The Rise and Fall of a Crime Lord.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking story. 28 Sep 2012
By Jibman
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This book explores how a criminal family was propped up by a corrupt council and an indifferent police force,how this happened in modern Britain is unbelievable!!If it wasn't for a few brave people willing to keep on speaking out despite threats and intimidation a lot more people could have been killed or seriously injured. A very powerful story told by an author who obviously spent a lot of time researching this debacle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Account of a Glasgow Gang War 29 Aug 2012
By Will
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This book delves into the world of local government and police corruption which leads to a criminal being empowered and flirting with an air of legitimacy. On the other side of the conflict is a secretive gang who try to avoid the limelight. The third main factor is the local people in these areas know about all the corruption and the true colours of the individuals involved. The locals raised their heads up from the parapets and made themselves targets to combat this blatant (to them anyway) corruption that blights their community.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible & inspiring 28 July 2012
By Craig M
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I've read plenty of true crime books but this one was refreshingly different.
It charts in great detail a very nasty drugs war between two organised crime families. So far, so normal.
What Caught in the Crossfire does is tell the story behind the story by revealing how one of the gangs was backed by the police and politicians.
It is truly disturbing that in a modern democracy this should have been allowed.
The ordinary folk who made a brave stand by tackling the crooks and their all-powerful friends in high places deserve a medal.
True crime should have a point and this book does. It challenges pre-conceived ideas about how the police operate and exposes the murky nature of secret deals in the justice system.
While much UK true crime serves as a platform for supposedly reformed criminals to justify their behaviour and blame everyone but themselves, this is written from the perspective of the ordinary person.
It seems that a painstaking amount of research has gone into it.
The only niggle is that there are a lot of names crammed in there but it's worth the effort.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling account of Glasgow gang warfare 10 July 2012
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From start to finish, a disturbing account of the events leading up to the death of Glasgow gangster "The Gerbil". Findlay's book sheds light on the activities of a number of crime families in Glasgow. Potentially more disturbing than the account of routine violence was the disclosure of council, education department and police awareness of the nature of people running a local community centre. Another shock was finding out how the Scottish Justice system allows plea-bargaining, without the public ever knowing what offence was really carried out. We apparently have no right to know. The book is a tribute to those community members who spoke out and stood up for the safety of their children, regardless of their personal safety. All in all, this is an excellent book, but be prepared to be thinking about it for days afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised no Shocked you will be. 8 Aug 2012
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Caught in the Crossfire is such an accurate depiction of life in many of the poorest parts of the UK certainly it could be Liverpool. (My home city) Areas dominated by local drug families police largely turning a blind eye if not actively complicit with the dealers, politicians to worried about wanting to be than wanting to do.

The book is a superb read for any one interested (Genuinely not the degree pish they teach you and me that's how I know its pish) in Community work or C-Community Organising. The four barm-pots (as they are called) write a modern play book for community workers.

A thoughtfully put together picture of modern inner-city communities fighting back read and learn Glasgow and any other council with a real concern for its people. HATS OFF TO THE FOUR BARM-POTS.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 15 Feb 2014
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excelent read, an eye opener about the real story that brought an end to gerbil I don't think this is the end of the feud between the Lyons and daniels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 5 Feb 2014
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As all this was happening in and around Glasgow and near to the area I live, I found it fascinating. Gives you an insight into criminality, crooked police, brave members of the community and one very brave local politician. Read this book it will open your eyes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The book claims to tell you about two families who are locked in a gangland battle, however, it keeps going over the same things all the time. Not what I was expecting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught in the crossfire
Great read well recommended,excellent story of two families at war,shows that grasses can get a start in the criminal world with a screw in his pocket as well as politicians
Published 16 months ago by colin mcclymont
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting .
Interesting book ......however quality of writing poor but as I said was a glimse into Glasgow gang land. Worth a read.
Published 18 months ago by Linda Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
A very interesting documentation of Glasgow's seedy underworld from the eighties onwards. You will be amazed at how many got away with so much for so long (to paraphrase Winston... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Neil Braeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly put together!
At last a refreshing book about crime that's based on the facts. I am sick of reading books that tell story's promoting one criminal or another! Read more
Published 21 months ago by B Rathbone
1.0 out of 5 stars A Lot More To The Story (keep that in mind when reading it)
This book shows how one man can be duped by a certain few, or was he duped? Knowing all the parties involved in this book and knowing them a tad better than the author, I can say... Read more
Published 22 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
Ordered this book as a gift for my dads birthday! I was very pleased with this purchase.
Many thanks
Clare
Published 24 months ago by Clare
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