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The detail which Gerry Gallacher provides as he lays out each chapter, gives the reader a sense that they know the people within and can picture the events from the perspctive of a Police Officer. The book doesn't sensationalise any of the incidents, but gives a matter of fact account which is made all the easier to read by Gerry clearly being on the 'right side'. He gives absolute respect and empathy to those who deserve it and describes the underbelly of criminals in Glasgow as they should be described.........but I'll leave that to him, as he doesn't mince his words! Our Police should never be afraid to stand up and be counted for what is absolutely right and wrong, and Gerry certainly wasn't, I hope that there are plenty of others still out there with the same tenacity. There's no time wasted in this book making excuses as to why the criminal fraternity perpetrate their crimes, the author just describes getting down to the business of unpicking the evidence and then piecing the jigsaw together to try to ensure that they pay the price.
Gerry clearly deserved the handle of 'Pit Bull' as once he got his teeth into something, he just didn't let go! He looks exactly like a detective should, and his approach to his job was exemplary, the public were in safe hands when Gerry was on shift and you're guaranteed a good read if you choose this book!
Gerard Gallacher was a police officer in Glasgow for over thirty years from the 1980s onwards and his inside story unravels much of the myths and legends of Glasgow's hard men, gangs and other unsavoury characters. The chapters are quite short and written more along the line of essays, which form a more or less chronological sequence, with some chapters strung together when covering a particular crime. Along the way he shines a light on the daily comings and goings of police in Glasgow, and in true Glaswegian style doesn't hold back, even unloading on some officers who didn't perform their duties. In that sense you get the feeling it's as much as a tell all about the state of policing in Scotland back then as it's an account of the crime figures and families who unleashed their own brand of terror upon each other and sometimes innocent civilians.
My only criticism would be that Gallacher does tend to wander a bit and go off on a tangent, some people will find this distracting but others will find his detours entertaining. But as a story teller Gallacher is first class, and as already mentioned it gives crime writers valuable inside knowledge about policing, and politics in Glasgow. Gallacher is a native Glaswegian and has a passion and a love for a city that suffers from a communal schizophrenia. On the one hand it's a city where people will actually go out of their way to walk a lost stranger to their destination, but on the other hand it's a city that has earned itself the dubious title of Murder Capital of Europe.
Definitely worth a read.
Written by Alastair Rosie
Gerry was one of the most determined police officers I served with and should have made it higher in the ranks but stepped on the toes of senior officers who didn't like cops who spoke the truth.
I can vouch for several of Gerry's tales being true because I was involved with several of the cases in some small way.
Hope you're going to write another book Gerry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not enjoy this one. If you want to read about someone who is self patronising, has no respect for his senior officers and who has single handed locked up all the criminals in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr Gordon Frame
Easy to read page turner, filled with versions of the horrors faced by an inner city policeman and his actions dealing with such. Descriptive and dotted with humour. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tony B
Enjoyed the true life experiences of an honest cop, I remember similar bigotry in my trade and wrote about it in my book, I also remember George Gallacher, terrific singer with the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by derek gallacher
This guy would have you believe that he is some kind of super cop the book is all about him and how he single handed saved Glasgow from crime I have read books by the people he is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Adams