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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Cutting Edge Press (8 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903813042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903813041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Gillard is a Sunday Times journalist specialising in public sector corruption and organised crime. Laurie Flynn is the author of the 1992 Bloomsbury book Studded with Diamonds and Paved with Gold: miners, mining companies and human rights in Southern Africa, and has researched and produced many World in Action television documentaries.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2005
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Who says investigative journalism is dead? In an age of celebrity and PR-driven mush, the authors have delved into the dark recesses of Scotland Yard, one of the world's most respected police forces, and found cover-ups and corruption. A brilliant expose.
Though the book generally races along, there are moments when the sheer volume of detail and different names can overwhelm, however, in some ways this makes the evidence the authors compile all the more compelling.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By therationalist on 5 April 2011
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For anyone who was naive enough to think police corruption was a thing of the past this book shows that it is not only alive and well, but thriving. Shocking cases such as that of private investigator Daniel Morgan, murdered whilst investigating local police corruption, or the Stephen Lawrence case, whose inquiry revealed, amongst other things, Masonic links between investigating officers and the father of one of the suspects, ably demonstrate that corruption within the Met is the rule rather than the exception.

On the day we learned PC Simon Harwood repeatedly lied about events surrounding his assault of Ian Tomlinson, who died shortly afterwards, this book could not be more relevant. So long as the Police 'service' remains so unaccountable, corruption, mind boggling incompetence and criminal activity will remain endemic.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By gary miller on 6 Nov. 2004
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At last a book that tells what REALLY went on during the Metropolitan Police anti-corruption drive of the past few years.
Surely there must now be a public inquiry into the Met's Criminal Investigation Bureau - "the Untouchables".
What went on is shocking and the book deals with it in great detail.
It tells just how innocent police officers were imprisoned and are still fighting for justice.
Surely now the Metropolitan police must wipe its slate clean and order a public inquiry into these 'Untouchables'.
The Met Commissioner who orders a public inquiry will go down in history as the only one with the guts to truly clean up the Met.
A magnificent book by two outstanding investigative journalists.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S Clark H on 2 May 2009
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At £200 for a second hand copy of this book, it's a national disgrace that this book hasn't been re-printed. It is inevitable though because this is the book that Scotland Yard does NOT want you to read. They have done all they can to sweep this under the carpet after initially trying to ban it.
Everyone with any interest in law and order MUST read this book. It opens your eyes to all the dirty tricks that Scotland Yard has carried out resulting in some very dodgy convictions of its own men - convictions that are currently being investigated by the CCRC and the IPCC.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2007
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I had read of several of the cases in this book over the years but even though I always assumed the Met had its fair share of corrupt police it beggars belief that it had become institutionalised and that incidents such as those included in this book could be allowed to go univestigated in a so-called democracy.

The Brinks-Mat robbery case is a prime example showing how corruption was rife within the Met and, due to its aversion to sorting out these issues, it probably still is. There is a particularly slimy phrase "noble cause corruption" basically fitting up criminals, however, the police officers involved went further than that and stole money from those they were arresting. They covered each others backs and any officers who dared to object were mercilessly persecuted and very often suspended. I take my hat off to any honest police officers who are still trying to make their way up the Met's tainted promotion fiasco.

The fact that innocent officers were suspended for many years on full pay and then grudgingly released, often having to sign non-disclosure agreements, points to some high level involvement in the corruption. As well as dodgy lawyers, totally inadequate Government ministers and a whole litany of now totally discredited Police internal investigation processes.

Funnily enough the Met still thinks it can police itself, it's a bit like the evil Witch still believing she is the fairest of them all.

It also portrays a damning indictment of the way the media kow-towed to the Police often doing their dirty work for them by repeating information drip-fed by the police to discredit honest people.

The cases of Stephen Lawrence and Gurpal Virdi are well known.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2004
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I read this book in total awe and amazement. As a serving police officer I had heard all the disgraceful stories about the Criminal Investigation Bureau but this book has proved to me that my gravest fears were in fact true. I second the call for a public inquiry as too many innocent police officers have had their lives ruined by these so-called Untouchables. And too many criminals are laughing at us. I chose to be a police officer for all the right reasons. I'm shocked, appalled and greatly disillusioned at how the criminality this book deals with has been allowed to take place, with the full backing, it seems, of the legal system. The book tells how judges have been misled and manipulated and how jurors have had evidence kept from them which proves the innocence of those on trial. All police officers must watch their backs because if the Untouchables set out to get you just because they don't like you, you've got no chance. This book brings a great outrage to the attention of the public. What is frightening is that it is an outrage that is still continuing as Scotland Yard do not seem interested in stopping it. Frankly I think it is worthy of film-makers getting involved.
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