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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.
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on 29 April 2002
This exciting and unusual biography of the Knight brothers, Ronnie and John, their part in the Security Express robbery, and of Peter Wilton, the detective who pursued them, makes compulsive reading. Written in a style akin to a 'whodunit' novel, this book should appeal to a wide audience, both readers of biographies and crime fiction.
The book provides a thought provoking insight into the criminal minds, and examines in detail the webs of relationships that existed between the villains.
Pete Sawyer presents the reader with so much detail about the everyday lives of the principle players, it is hard not to emphasis with their tribulations.
An excellent read on many levels.
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on 5 May 2014
Whoever told this guy he could write? I found the narrative boring and childlike with excessive, un-necessary and repetitive padding.

I found myself struggling to figure out who was who as he allows his characters float off into oblivion.

Total waste of £2.99!!
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on 15 July 2013
Whilst almost everyone knows of The Great Train Robbery in which the £2.6 Million was stolen not many know of this audacious plot that netted more than £6 Million!

Like the Train Robbers the acts of violence towards the Managers family who were kidnapped, comparisons can been drawn with the Train Robbers coshing the train driver. He died some six years later of unrelated causes.

Well written, the book show that planning of such events always is the Achilles heal as too many people need to be "in the know" in order to complete the task.

The Author appears to have had some exceptional inside contact and dealings with the Gang Leaders that has enabled him to produce this good read.
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on 13 May 2015
A very good read and a story well told. Clearly the robbers had no idea how much cash they were going to get, and that's when their luck turned and they started to made mistakes and trust the wring people. On the other hand the police got a couple of lucky breaks which helped them to get to grips with the robbery. Was it worth 13 years of work by the police, I don't think so, they still didn't get them all or recover much of the cash. What the book does illustrate very well is that crimes against property in England take precedent over crimes against the person, and that the presumption of innocent until proven guilty is a myth.
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on 11 May 2013
Loved this book- but then I remember the robbery, so found it interesting and the fact that there were the two sides to the story made reverting reading
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on 30 June 2014
A really good book.read it in two days couldn't put it down.would recommend it to anyone that's into this type of book.got
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on 24 January 2014
Found this very interesting as I worked for Security Express after the robbery, it was mentioned a few times whilst employed by Sec Ex, so it was interesting to find out what actually happened, would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in past crimes.
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on 16 April 2014
I really enjoyed the detail and insight into the characters. A complex story told in a very interesting manner, sometimes it was hard to keep track of the detail, but we'll worth the effort.
For those who like these type of novel they will enjoy.
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on 28 August 2013
Lots of information about the well known characters in the East End criminal fraternity already known through other books on the subject. Too much repetition.
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