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Crime City: Manchester's Victorian Underworld Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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'A grim yet fascinating tour of a squalid underworld.'
-- PROFESSIONAL SECURITY MAGAZINE
'A masterly survey.' (Ancestors Magazine)
-- ANCESTORS MAGAZINE
'A rollicking tale packed with characters and incident.'
-- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
'Fascinating.' -- IRISH POST
'It's a thought-provoking history and sociology punctuated by passages that would grace a well-written thriller. Highly recommended.' -- FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY
'This is a great collection of stories and fascinating social history.' -- YOUR FAMILY TREE
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Quite a lot of names are mentioned. There was no index which bothered me at first as I couldn't look up if my Police Superintendent ancestor was mentioned (he wasn't unfortunately). But it is such a good book and effortless to read that I couldn't put it down anyway and got through it in a couple of days.
Very entertaining in parts, particularly the Conmen and how they worked the streets of Manchester! Some good social history on the squalor and deprivation of the city and how it led to crime in Victorian times.
Seems like crime was just as big a part of the city as it is today; just different!
Good read. Gripping little book!
After some deliberation I decided to buy the book. I was not disappointed.
The author transports you back to the streets of Manchester during the 1800's. He recreates the atmosphere in graphic detail and explores every crime, con and scam imaginable which were prevalent during this period.
It is clear that the book has been painstakingly researched and O'Neill skilfully examines the issues raised by crime from the villain to the policeman's point of view.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history, crime and punishment and for those wishing to learn about the underworld of the Victorian era.
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