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Wensley Clarkson
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30 Jun 2006
Ever since the collapse of the extradition treaty with the UK in the late 1970s, Spain's southern coastal strip of the Costa Del Sol has been a safe haven for criminals. The adventures of drug smuggler Howard Marks, the $6 million Security Express raid of 1983, involving Ronnie Knight and Clifford Saxe and the road rage murder by Kenneth Noye, are just some of the dramatic stories in this thrilling compilation. But, Spain's unique status became a thing of the past when the government agreed to reinstate the treaty allowing them to fast-track extraditions. These days, drug dealers are forced to make runs over to the tip of Africa in nearby Morocco, some meeting gruesome ends at the hands of rivals, and unscrupulous property barons who hatch dubious deals to provide homes for the rapidly expanding population, much of which is made up of UK ex-pats. This is the fascinating history of the criminals' favourite playground.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844542572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844542574
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WENSLEY CLARKSON's books have been published in more than twenty countries across the world and sold more than one million copies. He has also written movie screenplays and worked on many TV documentaries in the UK, US and Spain.


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Wensley Clarkson is the world's bestselling true crime writer. An investigative journalist by trade, his books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 14 languages.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
Format:Paperback
very good book, makes you look at Spain and think twice about a holiday
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3.0 out of 5 stars was ok 2 Jun 2014
By trish
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I was a bit disappointed with this book it went on to too many people I got quite confused in the end I thought it would just be about the london underworld but its still a ok book to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 27 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read with interesting facts of some of the unnamed top villains who have fled to the Costa del Crime. Been better if they had been identified but not possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars costa del crime 10 Nov 2012
By raylid
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Costa del crime provides an insight to what goes on out there. Not what I expected, but interesting. I'm a great fan of Wensley Clarkson, currently reading gang wars on the costa, by same author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Costa? Ghastly 8 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I do not know Spain much from personal experience, having only ever visited Zaragoza (for a week) and San Sebastian (for a day or so) and then decades ago. I do not know holiday-beach Spain at all. so it was that I read this book with increasing distaste as I realized how trashed a lot of its southern coast has evidently become. The book seems to have been well-researched by the author in person and reads like snatches from some newspaper such as The News of the World. As with all such books, one must take it a bit with a pinch of salt. Benalmadena, which my mother-in-law visited some years ago and thought lovely, is described in a way that might mirror a description of inner-city UK in the sun. I suppose a lot of life really is in the eye of the beholder. Many of the denizens of the Costa del Sol seem ghastly, but of course they must be , one would hope, the minority, though I do know some people who would never return even to Puerto Banus, one of the more expensive places, because of the dark-glass jeeps and shaven-heads.

Not bad as a read, though the author would have done better to keep to crime proper and not waste over half the book on sex tourism and (a brief ending coda) "celebrities" --two of them only...-- who have taken the incomprehensible decision to reside on this coast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 23 Aug 2014
By matty
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Good. A great insight into different industry's in Spain. Would have preferred more crime less vice. Overall enjoyable and interesting
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