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A nostalgic portrait of one of Britain's greatest robberies
on 10 April 2002
Gotcha! tells the story of the Security Express robbery from both sides - that of the villains and that of the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad. It is well-researched and in-depth. Clearly the writer, journalist Pete Sawyer, has gone to great lengths to make the book as detailed as possible. The resultant language is beautiful, precise, and perhaps a little out-of-place for this genre. In fact the book feels to me more like a novel than a true crime book. Because of the level of detail, Gotcha! provides a very interesting psychological profile of the criminal mind at work and play. After reading this book you really feel like you know the Knight family. It also paints a (somewhat nostalgic) picture of East London and its tight-knit community. This is an unusual and ambitious book. For me, it worked.