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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read....5 stars
Brilliant book, always something happening.It would have been easy to pad this story out and made the book longer but that would have ruined it. Read this in 3 sittings during summer in the garden. Very easy to read and hard to put down. Looking at a couple of other wensley clarkson books. Will be buying another. 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but inevitably sketchy in places
Jimmy Moody was an aristrocrat of London crime from the sixties until his murder in the nineties.

He was part of the Richardson torture gang, took part in a famous shoot-out with the Kray firm, joined a Wages snatch gang which netted hundreds of thousands, escaped from Brixton prison with a dangerous IRA terrorist, oh, and was widely reputed to be the most...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but inevitably sketchy in places, 28 May 2007
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This review is from: Moody: The Life and Crimes of Britain's Most Notorious Hitman (Paperback)
Jimmy Moody was an aristrocrat of London crime from the sixties until his murder in the nineties.

He was part of the Richardson torture gang, took part in a famous shoot-out with the Kray firm, joined a Wages snatch gang which netted hundreds of thousands, escaped from Brixton prison with a dangerous IRA terrorist, oh, and was widely reputed to be the most profilic underworld hitman there has ever been in this country.

Wensley Clarkson's book traces Moody's varied career with the notable help of the man's son, brother and IRA friend Gerard Tuite. Some parts of the book read with great authenticity - notably his earlier criminal career - but the 'hits', which are used as the book's main selling point - are vague. Clarkson lists a number of killings that Moody's name has been linked with, but he also points out that Moody's name tended to get linked with everything.

After his spectacular break-out from Brixton prison when he was serving a long sentence for armed robbery, Moody was never recaptured. He ended up living a fairly miserable existence in a couple of tiny flats in south and east London. One wonders why. He seemed to have connections and opportunities to make real cash, but instead went round on his bike and drank in a local. He hated leaving the country (and dogs and smoking) and was almost a cliche of a gangster who loved his Mum and his kids.

Strangely I found Jimmy Moody quite a small character - violent, savage even (at least two men in their early twenties met their death at his hands) - but almost banal in his lifestyle and attitudes. None of the flamboyance of, say, Kenneth Noye, another Clarkson biography subject.

It's a short book, quickly read, and offers an insight into how miserable being a gangster can be, trapped in a world of suspicion and 'codes' that only make sense to the small milieu that men like Moody live in.

Don't expect breathtaking character or action; this is a study in how mundane murder can be.

(Also don't buy Wensley Clarkson's 'Hitman' novel, that tends to get put in True crime rather than fiction sections, while looking for this, like I did. That work shows that Clarkson is no fiction writer. Seriously bad.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read....5 stars, 18 July 2014
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Brilliant book, always something happening.It would have been easy to pad this story out and made the book longer but that would have ruined it. Read this in 3 sittings during summer in the garden. Very easy to read and hard to put down. Looking at a couple of other wensley clarkson books. Will be buying another. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gangster fans, 5 Mar. 2014
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Bought this for my husband, he's interested in this subject and really enjoyed it. Arrived quickly too and great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant real life griittty stuff, 31 Aug. 2013
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compelling reading could not put it down sorry to finish it be hard to top this book with next read
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1.0 out of 5 stars you would think it'd be a lot better than this, 3 Jan. 2015
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A book about a man who did all the things Jimmy Moody did, you would think it'd be a lot better than this. Wensley Clarkson seems to be a bit pretty dull bloke, I've never been able to get into any of his books. I tend to avoid books by him these days
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top London gangster, 30 Sept. 2014
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A very interesting insight to the London underworld, Jimmy Moody was a top dog villain, though I didn't like he way it was written by the third party, but worth a read if this is your bag
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fantastic read I did not expect, 11 Nov. 2003
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AMANDA K HERRIDGE (SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I have read many true crime stories and had honestly not known much about Jimmy Moody before reading this book, but from the moment I picked this book up I could not put it down.
Wensley Clarkson is a brilliant author and he has bought this amazing character to life again. I felt the difficulties the family must of experienced with their loved one on the run,they had obviously contributed a large amount to the book.
A very interesting story, which makes you think very much about the family and people behind the crime,I am sure Mr Moody was a gentleman and caring family man. I only wish he could of contributed to his story. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Nov. 2014
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fantastic read could not put it down, fascinating insight into Moody, should be a film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 26 Oct. 2014
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Brought a pressy for partner who loves real crime stories assures me excellent read
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3.0 out of 5 stars nothing wrong with the book...., 25 May 2007
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but as mr clarkson has obviously been in close co-operation with the family he continuously tries to paint a human face to a beast

in the end what goes around came around...
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