I expected better but not bad,
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This review is from: The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century: The Definitive Account (Kindle Edition)
I ordered this because I had recently seen a TV drama based on the events and wanted to learn more, this book seemed to fit the bill and it does contain detailed information - sometimes too detailed which can detract from the narrative!
The book is clumsily arranged and in places not terribly well written. I had hoped for more insights into the main characters.
Despite this it is worth the read as it chronicles a Britain long vanished that was highlighted by the events of the train robbery; The almost cosy relationship between cops and robbers, the "It's a fair cop Guv" attitude of some of the villains, the absence of firearms, the class differences and attitudes of the public and the tragic figure of Jack Mills, the coshed train driver, who received an award of £26.25 and a certificate!!
The initial police ineptitude especially regarding, what we would today consider, basic forensics was massive and had it not been for the driven Supt Butler would have lead to a far less spectacular result than was actually achieved by the cops.
All in all quite informative but I came away disappointed that it wasn't a more satisfyingly gripping read