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Gangsters, Killers and Me Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Gerard Gallacher played football professionally for several Scottish Clubs. As a he child lived and attended school in Hollywood for a year, then as an adult he lived abroad and played football in Las Vegas and then Sweden. He has worked in menswear retail, construction and even a slaughterhouse. This all pales in comparison to his time with the Strathclyde Police with whom he was appointed as a detective with only two and a half years police service experience where he worked numerous high profile inquiries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845023625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845023621
  • ASIN: B0078XH7JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gangsters, Killers and Me was a book which I couldn't put down and I would thoroughly recommend it to others. I was drawn in from the first few pages and couldn't stop until I'd read it cover to cover. It's a book I'll definitely read again.

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!
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An excellent read giving an insight into Police work and everyday Glasgow housing scheme life - proving how human beings find it impossible to live in peace. The many incidents referred to are only a fraction of what occurs daily and the book is tinged with the sadness that comes from the incidents related to - but that is Glasgow life -a thin line between life and death and cruelty and sentiment but it is told with honesty , sympathy and also humour . The assessment of life in the Police and of Police senior management is "spot on". The efforts made by a section of hard working cops to protect the public is also justifiably described - unfortunately for the public that percentage of work force is small.The book is all the more revealing having been written by someone who was in the front line and this book is untainted by ghost writers or outside agendas.
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I picked this book up along with another book on crime in Glasgow because I needed background research material for my novel in progress, which is also set in Glasgow and in that respect this book more than exceeded my expectations.
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
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Thank goodness - a perfect antidote to the snidey, self-pitying crap from Scotland's usual gangland suspects and their numerous apologists. One of the best bits is when the writer reveals how his police bosses shifted him and others for being too tough on a bunch of nasty criminals (it seems the police chiefs are as much to blame for the death grip of organised crime on some parts of the city as the criminals themselves).
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The 1st thing I knew the author and served in the same division as Gerry for a few years.
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.
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