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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for its time
Morton always produces an interesting read. Gangs of London, published in 2010 by Milo, has updated the lives of many of the villains mentioned in this book. It has also discovered the amazing 'Forty Elephants' all-female gang which is causing a stir at the moment.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work
Not exactly what you could call a thrilling read. If anything it's heavy going, simply because of the way it's written. It doesn't flow and is overly disjointed thus making it difficult to follow. The storytelling isn't particularly interesting and doesn't offer anything much in the way of any "wow" factor and if anything is just too boring and plodding. Not really an...
Published on 29 April 2010 by Chris Carson


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for its time, 2 Mar 2011
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Morton always produces an interesting read. Gangs of London, published in 2010 by Milo, has updated the lives of many of the villains mentioned in this book. It has also discovered the amazing 'Forty Elephants' all-female gang which is causing a stir at the moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strength in depth, 26 May 2012
I like it. For sure, some sections are rather 'dense' and a bit hard to follow, but were the author to slow things down, the book couldn't cover as much ground. It's also the case that particularly interesting episodes and characters do from time to time get a less staccato coverage.

The style is dry but not in the sense of being without wit, and the book is well edited. Many of the events and situations are enlivened by a faintly sardonic tone. Criminals 'quite properly' refuse to testify before the grand jury... and when someone gets taken to an 'escape proof' gaol, you can almost guess that the next line will be 'he escaped the next day'...

Content wise, I found the depiction of criminal life during the 1920s and 30s in the USA quite surprising in terms of the sheer scale of violence and corruption. I was also surprised (though less so the more I read) by how reckless a lot of these criminals were in terms of ripping each other off - "Such and such decided not to give [insert insanely violent and ruthless criminal's name here] their share of the money..." They did WHAT?

A book that's lively but not lazy or 'pulpy', and broad enough in scope and scale to provide excellent value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting., 10 Jan 2014
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Well written and extremely entertaining. Hard to believe that these people were real and not fictional.Certainly food for thought .
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work, 29 April 2010
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Not exactly what you could call a thrilling read. If anything it's heavy going, simply because of the way it's written. It doesn't flow and is overly disjointed thus making it difficult to follow. The storytelling isn't particularly interesting and doesn't offer anything much in the way of any "wow" factor and if anything is just too boring and plodding. Not really an author I could recommend and I would suggest looking elsewhere for books on this genre. I'm sure there must be other authors who have mastered the technique of interesting reading much better than this one has.
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