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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (21 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781488355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781488355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author joined the Manchester Police Force as a cadet before moving on into the regulars. During his thirteen years service his natural aptitude ensured he served in several specialised departments gaining the experience to write a trilogy, this book being the first with the second to be released for Christmas 2013 and again aims to shock and surprise up to the date of his resignation, brought on by the continuing bad practices and ever increasing examples of deplorable leadership. The third which relates to his many years as a private detective, becoming the market leader with again many surprising examples of suspect practices.
The first book moves through the early years of police service during the sixties and early seventies giving many alarming examples of what is and remains a culture of evidence fabrication and dishonesty. It was such a culture which led to the unbelievable police belief that 96 deaths at Hillsborough could be simply written off with no regard to the truth. Further examples during the same era involving Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith MP, the Miners Strike Report and the Welsh Children's Homes all proved the existence of an underlying culture of dishonesty and evidence fabrication and not a rogue element of that era as casually claimed. The book itself is written with an acceptance of that culture with many amusing and surprising anecdotes. Whilst explicit, it is often humorous, refreshing and equally unbelievable with many requests for book two already in the 'pipeline'. The website at www.thebiggestganginbritain.com gives the opportunity for readers comments. Enjoy the read.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Fielding on 16 Jan 2014
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A great title for a great story. And Hayes knows how to tell a good one: personal, engaging, funny, it's a very good book from first page to last. As someone who grew up in Manchester during the sixties and seventies, many of the references in this entertaining memoir had personal resonance. I would therefore recommend Fifty Shades of Black 'n' Blue as a quick, easy journey through the Manchester streets of the era - taking in the pubs, clubs, villains and coppers - and bringing it all to life. Full of escapades and humour, it makes for a very enjoyable read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on 18 Nov 2013
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For someone who is so critical of the 'one rule for them, and another for Joe Public', Mr Hayes is a tad hypocritical where his own life is concerned. His bitterness at his wife's alleged indescretion, is nothing compared to the indiscretions he himself had during his marriage, and seems so proud of in his numerous graphic descriptions. Yes, there are plenty of stories about the police culture, but there are plenty more about Mr Hayes' alleged sexual prowess. I can only imagine that he was a regular at the STD clinic. The final pages, and the taster of what is to come in book three, only serve to confirm to me that Mr Hayes is something of a psycopath, he loves his own voice, and is clearly (in his own opinion) never wrong, he has an answer, and an excuse for everything. The thought of reading about how hard Mr Hayes worked to become a multi millionaire, how much money he spent on a better class of prostitute, and how clever he was at deceiving his family while all this was going on, is not a thought I will persue. I admire anyone who works themselves hard to reach the top of their profession, but when that same person criticises others, whilst behaving no better himself, I'm not impressed. No, I haven't written a book yet, but that doesn't mean I don't have the right to express my opinion. Mr Hayes, your grammar IS terrible, Manchester accent or not. It would appear you have already lost your Twitter account (no doubt through doing something they disapproved of but which you thought you could get away with), you have a criminal record (a set up), a failed marriage (your wife's fault), and have probably already lost your millions whilst trying to be better than everyone else (bound to be someone else's fault). Your stories may be highlighting the police culture, but they are also highlighting the kind of person you are. I shall not be reading part three, I have a good idea that it will be just like parts one and two!
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An excellent read opening more doors on the seedy inside world of Britains "finest", ah ah! I enjoyed Stephens first book and this one did not disappoint. A word of warning; you may be very surprised at some of the content and the exposures therein!
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totally biased, what he did does not reflect on all police officers at that time many of which were dedicated to their work
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By Graham on 27 Mar 2014
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The true nothing but the true , your honour ,what a great read in a year when the metropolitan police , the Manchester police , the West Yorkshire police and the North Yorkshire police are all being investigated it is true it's an ingrained culture not an rouge eliminate.
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