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The Enforcer: A Life Fighting Crime [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Pearson
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Graeme Pearson is one of the UK’s most outspoken and respected senior police officers. In a career spanning forty years he crossed swords with some of the UK’s most fearsome and brutal gangsters as he rose from the ranks to lead the fight against serious organised crime as head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. In The Enforcer – a Life Fighting Crime, Graeme Pearson now tells the inside story of the fight against some of the most notorious criminals operating in Britain. He reveals why he bought antique silver from Glasgow Godfather Arthur Thompson and how much it cost him, what Scotland’s most notorious killer Robert Mone confided in him and charts the rise of organised crime in Scotland with the XYY mob, the Chinese Triads, the UVF and the highly organised drugs gangs of the 21st century. The Enforcer is also the very personal tale of his family’s battle to survive in the hard-drinking culture of working class Glasgow in the 1950s and how this shaped one of our top cops. The lessons he learned in this tough environment have stayed with him from his early days on the beat right through to showing notorious criminals like Jamie ‘The Iceman’ Stevenson that crime really doesn’t pay. This is the remarkable and compelling story of one man’s determination to succeed and his life fighting crime.

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About the Author

Graeme Pearson's distinguished 40-year police career spent fighting crime in Glasgow culminated in him being appointed the first Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. An internationally-respected authority on crime, intelligence and drugs, Graeme was also seconded to the New York Police Department and the FBI at Quantico. Kevin O'Hare has spent more than 20 years working on national newspapers in Scotland. After 15 years at The Herald in Glasgow where he was chief-sub editor, Kevin joined the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency as Head of Strategic Communications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (19 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQXC7WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 8 Jun. 2014
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I was expecting to read more about catching criminals which I am sure there were many,
But it was mostly about his trips to the states, to give speeches, bringing CCTV to Airdrie,
Behind the scene police work. Sorry I found myself turning over pages looking for something
Less boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read 3 Feb. 2014
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Mr Pearson shows an eloquence he never displayed at school. Only joking Graeme! This book is well plotted and very easy to read. His memories of Partick in the 1950-60s era are very accurate including the odious J Goudy, the Harry Flashman of St. Peters Boys'. It is quite refreshing to hear of a policeman who enjoys reading Rousseau and understands and agrees with his philosophy. Though as a teenager the author,like the rest of us, showed more interest in Robbins (Harold) than Rousseau. His views are hardly controversial and are shared by most of us in his generation. I recommend this book as it gives a clear insight into the mind of a top class detective who has never forgotten his adopted roots. A great story,despite the posed photograph on the front cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 27 Mar. 2014
By Cookie
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This is a good and interesting look at life in the police from a man who obviously loved his work and helping others. Reminds us how brave and special the police force can be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A top read by a top cop 1 Aug. 2014
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Anyone who has done jury service may, perhaps, think this reads a bit like a 'statement'! Still, I found this quite gripping in the detail and range of the author's career. A good man whose determination to combat crime and protect the public shines through. We do not have enough like-minded people at the top to back officers like this. I am bombarded by recommendations for books about 'hard men' of whom, it would seem, there so few and yet so many but this cop IS hard in the right way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 5 April 2014
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An excellent book, written by a policeman's policeman, not a bean counter. Like most 'working' officers, shackled by paper shufflers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 Nov. 2012
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Excellent book. Really enjoying it. Would recommend this book. Haven't finished it yet but looking forward to reading the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Distinction in the Police and in Public Life 27 Jan. 2014
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This is a superb book, by a policeman committed to the maintenance of the rule of law but understanding of society's problems. Graeme Pearson has had an immensely distinguished career as a police officer. We are fortunate indeed that he is now a Member of the Scottish Parliament and Shadow Justice Secretary. We need people of his integrity, experience and calibre in politics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 2 Aug. 2015
By Neil
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Well written. Pearson offers an interesting insight into policing and crime in Scotland from an insider's perspective giving the numerous roles he has played in Scotland's police force over the years. Surprisingly a good book which kept me well entertained.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pulls no punches
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
boring
Published 6 months ago by gordon calvert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Much like all this type of book. Not that interesting.
Published 6 months ago by Bob Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
Published 8 months ago by Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow Crime Fighter
Good read! But there is always 2 sides to any non-fiction work. Would therefore suggest reading "Vendetta" by Paul Ferris and Reg McKay as this exposes more than is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Harpic
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books by a police officer
One of the best books by a police officer, since “Slipper of the Yard”. (Det Ch Supt Jack Kenneth Slipper, of Scotland Yard & London Metropolitan Police)
Published 9 months ago by Oisín Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 11 months ago by Bunty W
3.0 out of 5 stars A "good" read nothing sensational was expecting a lot more ...
A "good" read nothing sensational was expecting a lot more content and a more detailed insight into the elite crime busters.
Published 12 months ago by eddy tryers
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
Really enjoyed this book from start to finish gave an insight of all aspects of crime and how it has been tackled by the law
Published 13 months ago by GBK
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
very good book on a under cover police man that do not work by the rules ,well written and interesting
Published 14 months ago by mark lester
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