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A somewhat rose-tinted view of a bygone age
on 19 June 2015
No doubt when this first came out in the early 1970's it was the be-all and end-all of crime biographies. However with the passing of time, even accounting for the updated version with details of the Lord Boothby affair (so it was all true, then) much of it appears rather twee now; example one, Esmeralda's Barn, described in the book as in an upmarket part of Mayfair. I've seen photos of The Barn and it looks rather like some shabby backstreet operation. Same as with the alleged links to the Mafia, links which didn't quite come off - one wonders if the people conspiring (if that's the right word) with the author were rather over-egging the scale and scope of the Twins' operation. Well, anyway, different times, different way of thinking and all that and no doubt they did have large swathes of the capital in their hands. Much of it reads now as a nostalgic look back at "the good old days"; indeed with the passing of time the book becomes ever more so. Still, an enjoyable read nonetheless.