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Viv (Graham) Paperback – 29 Jul 1998


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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Mirage Publishing (29 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902578007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902578002
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now written into a film script - with good grama (sic)
I accept any criticism, as this is a right of free people. This particular title caused me all sorts of trouble in assembling and after a lengthy delay it hit the bookshelves. Not without some controversy. I agree that the grammar is not conventional and that is part of my writing style, I'm a non-conformist and believe in being able to write as you think. After the computer disks, that were seized by the police, were eventually returned from the police there was only a matter of weeks to get the book out. The book is written in such a way and is meant to be an introduction to the second in the 'Viv' series 'Viv - and the Geordie Mafia (Vol 2)'. This book is maybe a little too well researched, but as far as the contents are concerned I stand by them. The amount of threats to sue me and solicitors letters prove that I hit some raw nerves in this murder investigation - all of the writs have been dropped, as I expected. The two books are now in film script form and the production company are hopeful that this will become a big screen movie called 'Gangsters' Paradise'. Thank you for any criticism - good or bad.

Max Respect,

Steve Richards Investigative Author

About the Author

Stephen Richards was born left handed but during his school years he was forced to write with his right hand, which he feels contributed towards his dyslexia. To date he has written some 60 titles. Most of those titles, in the beginning, started out as mail order supply only but his most prestigious titles are in the true crime and investigative sector. He qualified as a clincial hypnotherapist and stress counsellor, but left that field of work after becoming too proficient at his work which made him seek new challenges. One of those challenges was managing UK prisoner Charles Bronson, which lasted for nearly three years. During his bond with Bronson they co-wrote two books and a further book written by Bronson was edited by Richards. Richards directed a video documentary that landed him in court when Jack Straw, the Home Secretary at the time, pursued a High Court action against Richards for contempt of court when he refused to withdraw the video from public sale. Mr Straw won his case and 15 minutes of prison CCTV footage had to be cut from the video, Sincerely Yours, before it was put back on general sale. Richards received a three week prison sentence suspended indefinitely so long as he cut the footage. Ann Widdecombe the shadow Home Secrtary lambasted Richards when he decided to promote members of the criminal undwerworld on a website, but Richards wasn't breaking the law. To date respected Underworld Expert, Richards, is in demand from TV and film makers for his expertise and is currently working on ideas for TV documentaries and big screen films. As well as this Richards is moving into website production and event promtions featuring the underworld. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Here's another northern crime book given the cold shoulder by the southern press in favour of southern books and southern loyalties. This book, in my opinion, more than matches up to what's on offer in the true crime area of books. I mean Dave Courtney spills the beans on informants being used by the police and what a chapter that was and yet its full of northern gangsters. How many books combine the north/south world of gangsters, none! This book has filled that gap. I've not seen a single thing in the press about this startling piece of work. I think we need a change of ideas to turn peoples attitudes around to what's good and what's rubbish when it comes to these books and this book makes top marks for its daring attitude in confronting taboo subjects like bent coppers and the likes of. All what I can say in a nutshell is that this book is a gem of a read.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2001
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Having read this book I feel compelled to post a review to show my appreciation of a good book. A friend passed it on to me at work. I thought it was just another one of those kiss and lie crime books, but how wrong I was. Not only has the book got a story to tell of a man's demise because of his underworld connections but it for once gives some stats and figures to work on that gives an overall picture of crime. The book leads you by the hand whereas most, if not all, other crime books treat you as if you were one of the boys and already had an insight into the machinations and workings of a crime ring. This book covers every aspect of the subject matters life and from every angle.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2001
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Brilliant investigative journalism. The BBC could learn a thing or two from this book. OK the grammar leaves a little to be desired but after reading up on the author I can accept these little foibles of his claimed writing style and after a while it grows on you. You're drawn into a special world where you and the writer are on a one to one, he's telling it to you the reader. Anyone wishing to visit the world of gangsters wouldn't go far wrong in reading this book. One criticism though and that was there wasn't a lot of photos in this book although compared to the book The Ferris Conspiracy (Paul Ferris) it had a lot more in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dave the mac on 12 Nov. 2001
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More! I have to admit I ordered this book last year, 2000, when it was supposed to be released and when it landed on my mat I couldn't wait to get the time to read it. First of all I tried to read it on the way to work, but I was driving. When I got in the office I made my excuses and went to the little room and took the book with me. All day long I was looking for excuses to be able to delve into it and I can tell you now that when I did get the opportunity to read it fully that it was worth waiting for.
This book should be up there with the best of them because we're not given just one good story from men of violence but a whole book full. If the men in suits give this book some coverage it will blast many so called gangster books into orbit.
I just don't think this book will be matched for the way it puts violence across in a matter-of-fact way.
I mean we've got a man having his legs hacked off in one chapter and then in another a man saying those who live by the sword die by the sword and then a short while later he's stabbed to death, but it's how the story comes across that says it all.
People might say I'm easily pleased but when you consider how many crime books I've read then you might understand my excitement at this one. The pace of the book never lets you down for a minute and by the end I had nothing left to read but the outer cover. I know this is the last one in the Viv series and that is the worst part about it all knowing that such a book might never be seen again. It will be just as good second time around when I get to read it in a few months time again, can't wait.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct. 2001
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...I have read the book in question and it is a damn good read. I purchased the book after reading a review of it in the Bizarre Magazine, which gave it a top rating. The author pursues his subject matter with gusto and does deserve praise for his meticulous look at northern crime. The book combines his fervour and taste for the subject matter with a fluency that would give any other top rated author a run for their money. I rate this as a ten star plus book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dave the mac on 28 Oct. 2001
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After reading this book something dawned on me. Just like the dinosaurs became extinct then so are these gangsters a dying breed. Look at the few real top flight gangsters we've got left in this country and you'll see what I mean. The book is more than just a journey through Viv's life it also indicates the start of the end for such gangsters and given that this is the case then such a book has to be looked at in such a way. This is like a Richard Attenborough look at the last of the great apes, we can view from a safe distance yet still revel in the action without getting hurt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geordie on 16 Jan. 2006
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This book is a must read in the life of Viv the Author has captured every aspect of Viv Grahams life from childhood to running doors around Newcastle pubs and clubs.
The series of books is a must for all people who would like a insight into the kind of world people life and what they do.
From relationships to fights these books have it all.
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