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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099580861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099580867
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Richardson, one of Britain's most notorious gangland bosses and rival to East End twins the Krays, sheds light on his extraordinary life story completed just weeks before his death in September 2012.

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Notorious Charlie Richardson was the most feared gangster in 1960s London. Boss of the Richardson Gang and rival of the Krays, to cross him would result in brutal repercussions. Famously arrested on the day England won the World Cup in 1966, his trial heard he allegedly used iron bars, bolt cutters and electric shocks on his enemies.

The Last Gangster is Richardson’s frank account of his largely untold life story, written just before his death in September 2012. He shares the truth behind the rumours and tells of his feuds with the Krays for supremacy, undercover missions involving politicians, time banged up in prison and reveals shocking secrets about royalty, phone hacking, bent coppers and the infamous black box.

Straight up, shocking and downright gripping, this is the ultimate expose on this legendary gangster and his extraordinary life.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cary on 30 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have never read a gangster book before, so had no idea what to expect. I don't know what others are like but this is very well written, gripping and sometimes even funny!. Charlie is sent to the countryside during the war and all the places he discovers are called Piddle something.... I cannot make up my mind if he did the torture stuff with the terrible black box thing which had leads coming out of it. He was found guilty so I suppose he must have carried out some of the torture. I think he is pleading too much innocence, but even so the book lives up to its description. I just had to keep reading it because there was so much going on with all his scams and everything else, he plays tennis against the great train robbers for exmple. There is a lot about the infamous Krays in the book as well as Princess Margaret and London nightlife and there are plenty of sexy stories too. I think in reality he was totally ruthless, though he also appeared to be quite intelligent and it's a shame his talents were not put to better use! Read it and find out for yourself, you wont be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herman Muttongleuber on 23 Mar. 2014
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Really disappointed. I felt as though it had been cobbled together to get the subject and author a few bob. The story jumped all over the place - no real structure. And, in all honesty, I felt the ghost writer was a little bit amateurish. Everything seemed to be just 'touched on', no real depth to characters or individual stories. One good point was to get Charlie's side of the 'torture trial'. That case really needs looking at again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john melia on 31 July 2014
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Absolutely worthless, full of fictional irrelevant information just to pad out the book, this is done shamelessly. I have read the original biography and that's worth a read but honestly this is garbage, absolute garbage!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kim r on 11 April 2014
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this book is not what i thought it would be. very jumpy, i suppose that to be this person you would need to be 'that person' but i didn't enjoy the cockiness of the writer. a little bit too much for me!
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Format: Paperback
I found this an enjoyable read. It gives the inside view i.e. Charlie Richardson's view of the torture trial, and an insight into the true motives of Charlie Richardson. The jealously and fighting between the Krays and the Richardson-North London versus South London-has been written about a great deal, and another view is always useful. No prisoner, as the saying goes, ever admits that they are guilty. You are really left to draw your own conclusions from reading this book. It reads well, but it does jump about from topic to topic,and apart from the first few chapters which covers the 'Torture' case, there seems to be no rhyme or reason for the track that the story takes. Nonetheless it is an enjoyable read, and as someone said in the book 'Charlie Richardson took a lot of secrets to the grave' and now that the majority of the key players are now dead,perhaps we will never really find out all the unanswered questions that arise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Dean on 24 July 2014
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A really good book.Enjoyed it from start to finish.as the old saying goes there are to sides to every story.you would have to read this book to decide for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mer on 1 Aug. 2014
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I have read this book and did not put it down until the end it was brill and very good book a shame he has died he sounds like a very nice man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By perrie on 7 Oct. 2014
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A bit repetitive and mildly boring . A lot of opinion not to many facts which is a shame as it could have been an interesting read.
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