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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smooth operator
Charlie Wilson was one of gangland's most charismatic characters and one who was deeply admired by the underworld. The author of this book, Wensley Clarkson, is a highly talented writer as well as a very skilful investigative journalist. In this well written book, Clarkson manages to get the balance between the crims and the police just right, neither extolling one...
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Not a bad read...if you've read any other Train Robbery books you wil find the first half of this book familiar.
Published 12 months ago by Andrew R Biggs


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smooth operator, 30 Jun 2007
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Mr. R. D. M. Kirby "Dick Kirby" (Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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Charlie Wilson was one of gangland's most charismatic characters and one who was deeply admired by the underworld. The author of this book, Wensley Clarkson, is a highly talented writer as well as a very skilful investigative journalist. In this well written book, Clarkson manages to get the balance between the crims and the police just right, neither extolling one party, nor castigating the other.

The result is an informative work and I think it likely that more than anybody else, Clarkson has come nearer to the truth about the Great Train Robbery. Certainly, and again more than anybody else, he has provided enough information as to the identity of the person who ensured that Charlie departed this life, sooner than was absolutely necessary.

A very good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He never left anyone behind..., 10 Oct 2011
An almost romantic biography of Charlie Wilson and his journey from the slums of Battersea (as it was then) to the sumptous splendour of Porta Banus..via numerous robberies (including trains), prison break-outs and international drug deals We meet some of the heaviest 'chaps' on the Costa Del Crime..(Charlie associated with most of these people previously in prison)and learn about his secret basement with the little window We then learn how Charlie is assasinated in his own home in the most undignified manner on his 35th Wedding Anniversary

There were quite clearly two Charlies, the family man who loved his wife and daughters and the darker Charlie who got involved in all sorts of serious mischief placing him at the 'heavier' end of villainy

Charlie was never going to settle for a 'comfortable' life..he wanted it all..and according to this book, he became heavily involved in the drugs trade on the Costa Del Sol.. Importing large amounts of cannabis from North Africa and cocaine from Columbia. Charlie had always been Anti-Drugs, but when he realised how much money could be made, became a major player

Charlie worked hard at whatever he did and wanted to make as much money as possible,irrespective of how dangerous and risky this was. As his own health started to deteriorate (emphysemia) and he mixed in ever more ruthless company, sooner or later there was going to be serious trouble And there was. A huge consignment of cannabis resin (worth over 130 million pounds) was discovered by customs and Charlie, apparently, paid the ultimate price

This book traces the changing face of crime from the bank/train robbers of the early sixties..with their heirachical order and 'modus-operandi', to the drug fuelled psychopaths of today

An interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, highly recommended, 11 Jun 2014
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Colin K: (East Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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Having enjoyed the fairly recent book The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century: The Definitive Account by Nick Russell-Pavier & Stewart Richards, this title took my eye. Very glad it did, highly recommended as an informative and intriguing read. Charlie was a villain but many would feel it a shame he met the end he did. It certainly seemed out of character for such a careful, meticulous planner
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillaint, 2 Jun 2014
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I really loved this book about charlie wilson it was a very interesting book very good reading couldnt put it done once I started
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4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Charlie, 7 Sep 2013
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If you are interested in the criminal side of the law , this book gives a good insight into some of the goings on within certain areas of the underworld. I have never had an inclination to commit a crime, certainly on this level and after reading this book I am glad I have kept to the sraight and narrow.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, 9 July 2013
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Not a bad read...if you've read any other Train Robbery books you wil find the first half of this book familiar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 20 Dec 2013
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The book gives a window into these areas and how they used to be and who lived there as compared to now. Some pictures would have made it better
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Charlie, 18 Dec 2012
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Killing Charlie is great. I've always been intrigued with the Great Train Robbery, and read Bruce Reynolds book also.
The author did a great job. It was a real treat to read about Charlie Wilson's life. I am only very sad that he lost his life the way he did.

I got a major kick out of reading " Killing Charlie "

Warren Rutledge
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