Having read the likes of Lenny Mclean - The Guv'nor, Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, Dave Courteney - Stop the Ride, Hard Bstrds, Geoff Thompson (excellent read) & Jimmy Stockin's 'On the Cobbles' etc etc I would have to say that this book is very comfortably the best of them all. Bartley Gorman, to me, was a legend. I had never heard of the fella before I laid eyes on this book, and was very reluctant to buy and read it to be honest. After I had read the first chapter, I really couldn't put the damn thing down! It is a brilliant, brilliant story of a man with extremely high morals and a fascinating past. I take my hat off to the 'King of the Gypsies' whom I would suggest is a real old skool mans man - and a bloody hard so and so!!!!