I bought this book because it contained 2 chapters on the northern ireland paramilitary group,the INLA. One contains info on the history of the organisation,the other is about the notorious "ballymount bloodbath",a brutal,violent battle between irish drug dealers and the inla that made world wide headlines in 1999.The full story is here(although inla supporters obviously disagree with author and experienced crime writer paul williams).
The rest of the book has chapters on infamous irish criminals like"the viper","cotton eye joe", "the colonel", the brutal dublin gang "the westies, the limerick feud which forced the irish government to deploy the army onto the streets, and much more. Real names are used throughout the book as they're all infamous criminals with extensive criminal records. A brutal and in parts depressing book about the depths some people can sink to but very interesting and highly recommended.
One interesting point in the recent book UDA by henry mcdonald and jim cusack they mention an inla/iplo member with the nickname GEEK,well in this book,CRIME LORDS, he's named on page 123.
on 29 June 2013
Williams description on the deadly God fathers of the drugs world that have distorted the image of Dublin and ruined many lives. Not to forget those innocent victims who where in the wrong place at the wrong time. The depth of depravity to their victims is no different to the streets of South American drugs cartels, like Mexico and Colombia.
A powerful read. But I wonder how Paul Williams in Dublin with the daily treat of revenge on him and that of his family? He has a 24 hour police guard on his home in a residential area of Dublin, well had, the last time I heard.
on 22 July 2011
excellent book,read a lot of true crime, found it very intersting,easy to read and great author.all major players in dublin crime scene,eye opening.