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The Cult Of Violence : " The Untold Story Of The Krays " : [Paperback]

John Pearson
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20 Jun 2002

John Pearson knows more about the Krays than anyone alive. THE KRAYS film was based on his book THE PROFESSION OF VIOLENCE and it was Pearson who exposed the Boothby connection in 1994. In 1967 the twins asked Pearson to write their biography. He remained a confidant of the family and the brothers throughout their trial and prison years.

Now Pearson revisits the twins' criminal past and lays bare the truth behind the legend. Drawing upon a mass of first-hand interviews and private information he was unable to use while the Krays were still alive, he finally recounts the chilling untold story of the Twins.

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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Books Ltd.; New Edition edition (20 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752847945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752847948
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A re-examination of the bizarre and frightening story of the Kray Twins from a man uniquely placed to reveal the full story.

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John Pearson won the ¿Author¿s Club Award¿ for best first novel. The Profession of Violence was acclaimed on its release, even in the US where it won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award. Jonathan Keeble:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Compelling 10 Jun 2005
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Just what is it about the Krays that keeps us fascinated? Pearson's book, not written until the last Kray was dead and buried, still has the appeal of the original - we are drawn into the bygone world of the criminal fraternity of the Old East End, where the Kray twins held complete control over the lives (and souls) of their 'Firm', ruling them with the threat of violence and even death, but apparently keeping the streets 'safe' for the 'ordinary man'. Pearson is in no doubt about the true nature of the twins - he sees and depicts them as callous murderers, but in his attempt to analyse the roots of their behaviour, builds a fascinating picture of sibling rivalry and mental illness. 30 years after 'The Profession of Violence' he is now 'safe' to write truthfully about their murders and maimings, homosexuality and obsessions. The most worrying thing is that we find this world absolutely compelling, and I was sorry when I came to the end of the book. I would have liked to hear more about Vi Kray, as the driving force behind the twins in their early years, and the matriarch of this extraordinary family. A thoroughly absorbing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 1 Oct 2009
This is by far the best book I have read about the krays, and I have read a lot! unable to put this book down, was really sad to finish it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither Great Nor Definitive But Interesting 26 Aug 2010
By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book concerns itself largely with the creation, as it puts it, of the Kray legend. Various events in their lives are retold, perhaps most interestingly the boyhood infection of diphtheria that the twins suffered, Ronald Kray especially severely, and the effect this may have had upon his mental state; possibly contributing to his paranoid schizophrenia. Their lives in the East End of Bethnal Green, their move to the 'West' with the establishment of the club 'Esmeralda's Barn' in Knightsbridge and their place within the swinging 60s are described. The factors that allowed the Krays unfettered activity for some time as Scotland Yard were warned off and the political influences that brought this about are discussed, particularly the role of their acquaintance with Lord Boothby. Perhaps, of necessity, much detail is omitted relating to their activities, e.g. the establishment of the 'Kentucky Club' and the range of their influence in the East End given that they had rivals. There are a few factual errors related to East End history, e.g. the abode of Anthony Armstrong-Jones was not Narrow Street, nor was David Bailey born or brought up in Bermondsey; this is a little disconcerting and points to a careless approach to research. Written in a journalistic style the book is neither great nor definitive but is interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Mar 2014
Great follow up to the ground breaking proffessionals of violence the first book. This book the cult, John tells the inside story about his meetings with the krays. Fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Mar 2014
By Emma
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loved this book. Its well written and you feel like your actually there with the twins. Its definitely worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The cult of violence 11 Feb 2014
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As you'd expect from John Pearson , the book is well written , informative and entertaining . A must read for anyone who read a profession of violence
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cult of Violence 18 Oct 2010
Another great book reflecting on the life and crimes of the Kray twins. John Pearson has done the twins proud again with this more in depth look into the twins life in the 60s. I have read all three books written by John Pearson, with his first book noted as a classic i can see this one being a classic as well...... Great read, very enjoyable i read this book in 2 days and thought it was brilliant....being from the Eastend myself i could picture the scenes in my head as i was reading about them, and i also knew of the places that are mentioned in the book. Its very well put together by John Pearson. Top marks i really did enjoy this book. A must read for all i would say.
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