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The Enforcer, The: Secrets of My Life with the Krays Paperback – 5 Aug 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing; New edition edition (5 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185782525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857825251
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a very readable book as are many on the same subject area, however one soon notices that many of the writers of these books are at odds with each other on what actually happened- probably by reading a small selection of the best books you'd eventually build up a good picture of what the true story was. Charlie Kray's book is a good adjunct to this book and provides balance.One thing that does make an impact is the behaviour of the police and judiciary in this whole affair where it's patently obvious that for certain reasons, the establishment were out to remove the Kray brothers from the outside world, not for drug issues but because of their 'popularity' in the same way that Hendrix, Lennon and other luminaries of the time were silenced.
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I bought and read every Kray book that's ever been published. Albert's is without doubt the best one in my collection. If you are genuinly interested in the Krays and want to know the true story of their so called 'reign of terror' then buy this book.
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I have read most of the books about the Krays and have to say this is by far and away the best one out there. Albert Donoghues tells his story very well, and I never once felt he was trying to build himself up or excuse himself from anything he had done.
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I have given this book 4/5 stars as it was an enjoyable read providing insight into a fascinating past era. Very interesting and although not the best in terms of descriptions & nitty gritty detail I would still reccomend buying it. There are as one would expect, several inaccuracies from Albert himself- if you view an interview/s he has given (utube), whereby he covers several topics he has written about here,you will see the tales vary considerably so he could not be telling the complete honest truth. I would add that he does the Kray twins down a fair bit yet in the book calling them thieves & ponces, scum etc yet he was only too happy work for them, to steal and wound others & use the brothers to line his own pockets earning an exceptional wage! Further, Albert tells 'his' story after all the twins have died (why not when they were in gaol?), thus milking some more ££ from his association. Still worth buying for entertainment value though as you do get a outline of what happened and I did read it twice.
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Having read many books on or by the twins, this by far is the stand out read. A fascinating real world insight to their sordid and violent way of life, which lifts the lid on them from someone who was closely connected with them for about 4 1/2 years. Albert Donoghue is quite candid about his involvement in 'the firm' and dispels many of the myths surrounding the twins, his words have a definite ring of truth about them.
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I don't agree at all that this book is written by one of the old firm who 'just wants to stick the knife in'. On the contrary, I thought Albert did a fine job in 'telling it like it was'. I have read dozens of books about the Krays, particularly the ones written by themselves, and for the first time since I read John Pearson's 'The Cult of Violence' did I feel that the truth is actually being told. Albert Donoghue makes absolutely no excuses for himself, classing himself along with the other 'thugs' in the Kray clan as low-life 'scum' and it's interesting to read what really happened to Frank Mitchell, although Donoghue says himself with a kind of wistful sigh that nobody was convicted of the murder, and some people involved were not even tried. It's also interesting to read what I always suspected, that Charlie Kray was every bit as much involved in the Firm's activities as his brothers( after reading his own book 'Me and My Brothers' you would think all three of them were angels, friends of the downtrodden and Robin Hoods of the East End). Albert tells his story with great humour and I found some passages hysterical, such as when he lets slip that on the quiet some members of the firm referred to the Twins as 'Gert and Daisy'. Unlike the Krays themselves, Albert does not paint himself whiter than white, in a world where everyone was out to get him. He freely admits to frequent unfaithfulness to his partner, petty crimes and scams and involvement in the Kray set-up. His book is a real page-turner and I for one absolutely loved it. I felt I was reading the truth, for once, about the whole sordid set-up.
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I can't help but like Albert Donoghue. He describes himself and his sixties cohorts as nothing more than thugs and parasites - especially his pay-masters, those "lovely boys", the Kray twins.

Albert tells the story of the so-called Firm bluntly, sardonically, and succinctly - not so much a case of "no frills" as bare-bloody-naked. There's some fascinating first-hand accounts and insights into the workings of the Kray faux-empire, and if you want to know the TRUE inside story of Ronnie and Reggie's drunken, psychotic, disorganised ways (unlike the rubbish written by sychophant, Tony Lambrianou), this is the book.

Oh, and before anyone dismisses Donoghue as a "grass", ask yourself this: Would YOU have accepted the lunatic Ronnie Kray's request to Albert to accept a 30 year stretch for the Frank Mitchell murder? If you would've done, it shows just how stupid, deluded, or lacking in self-worth you really are.
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