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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780271638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780271637
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,154 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 By Jibman on 28 Sep 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mince on 28 Sep 2014
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I used to wonder at the Labour Party attitude to the SNP in the Scottish parliament. When supposed to be questioning them they came across as vicious neds on the attack with their tirades and bile. Now I know why! Regarding the police being corrupt and useless to ordinary citizens I have no doubt whatsoever that is the case.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig M on 28 July 2012
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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 By David Robertson on 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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Gangster books are not usually my cup of tea but this was different as it showed incredible collusion and corruption from the authorities who not only turned a blind eye to the activities of local hoodlums but actually castigated local people who were brave enough to stand up to them. Unbelievable but true, how these establishment figures can look themselves in the mirror is hard to understand.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Bowman on 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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By brian mclaughlin on 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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