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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845964993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845964993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Ellis's] story is terrifying and gripping in equal measure. It's a miracle he's here to tell the tale" (News of the World)

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Revelations from a former key figure of the notorious Essex Boys firm

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This book is about the infamous Essex Boys firm that provided door security for clubs in Essex and more tragically they also provided the ecstacy tablet that would claim Leah Betts life. Within weeks of Leahs death the three most dangerous members of the firm would be dead, they were lured to a remote country lane in Rettendon and ambushed in their Range Rover and blasted to death with pump action shotguns.Steve 'Nipper' Ellis recounts his numerous run ins with the firm which saw him shoot Pat Tate out of fear for his own life,Tate along with Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe were the three who died in probably the most ruthless gangland executions that ever took place in Britain, the book also questions whether the right men are in prison for the murders,this book is yet another which claims that Michael Steele and Jack Whomes are really innocent.All in all this book is a must for anyone interested in the Rettendon murders.
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Steve "Nipper" Ellis was a respected face in South Essex and whose courage was out of all proportion to his small stature. He stood up to TTR when others dared not.

I have read previous books by this author whom, in my opinion, is one of the best crime writers at the current time. I was therefore looking forward to reading this book and was not dissapointed.

A fantastic, shocking and at times humerous account of Nipper's life and experiences.

As usual, properly researched, fully substantiated,and intelligently written - a must read

Check out Bernard O'Mahoney's website
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Great book. I've read a lot of books about the infamous "Rettendon Triple2 and this one is one of the best, both Nipper (Steven Ellis) and O'Mahoney (Bernard) grab your attention immediately, and you cannot put it down. The last part of the book goes on to mention the latest saga in the Essex underworld and a man who was shot dead in similar circumstances to Tucker, Tate and Rolfe. The guy's name was Dean Boshell a wannabe gangster, who ended up like his hero's - on a mortury slab!. I am currently reading The Essex Boys - Next generation (by O'Mahoney), which goes into more detail about this crime.
If you want to know about the Essex Boys then buy not only this book but, O'Mahoney's Essex Boys, Bonded by blood and the Essex Boys the next Generation. If your still interested buy Rise of the footsoldier by Carlton Leach and Bloggs 19 by supergrass Darren Nicholls, but O'Mahoney's books are the best. Rise of the Footsoldier is probably a better film than Bonded by Blood but, it's the other way round when it comes to the books.
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I was so looking forward to watching this film as I know some of the people who were involved in the making of it. I was hugely disappointed as much of the content, I have seen and read before. The film only confirmed who the murderers were which didn't really come as a surprise having read much literature on the Essex Boys.
Another publicity stunt by Bernard O'Mahoney.
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I HAVE READ A FEW OF THESE BOOKS NOW AND THEY ARE ALL BASED AROUND THE SAME STORY.IE TATE,TUCKER AND WOLFE. HOWEVER IN THIS ONE AROUND HALF WAY THROUGH THE AUTHOUR SEEMS TO RUN OUT OF IDEAS AND CONTINUES TO RAMBLE ON ABOUT ANYTHING. IT IS STILL A GOOD READ BUT I ENJOYED THE FIRST ONE BETTER.
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By Nibbs on 26 July 2012
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The author Steve Ellis clearly had an awful childhood and one can only feel sympathy for what he went through. However this is a truly awful book, badly written and with virtually no redeeming features. The section detailing the author's time with the infamous Essex Boys gang (the first two thirds of the book) is far more interesting than that last third of the book, which details stories about some local hoodlums I had never heard of. I am surprised it is so badly put together given the involvement of Bernard O'Mahoney, who wrote the excellent original Essex Boys book. I would not waste your money on this.
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Steve Ellis writes in a laconic but engaging style and without a shred of self-pity about his blighted childhood and precarious adulthood in the murky, subterranean world of Essex gangland, with its ever-shifting alliances, vendettas and casual violence. The sheer plethora of characters sometimes makes the narrative hard to follow, but of one thing the reader can be certain: friendship will become enmity, sycophancy contempt; and mutilated bodies will end up on a mortuary slab, while, in a palpable miscarriage of justice and with the connivance of corrupt police officers, the wrong men are incarcerated for their murders, while the culprits remain free to reap the rewards of their ill-gotten gains, until they meet their own untimely end.

One point that Ellis unwittingly makes is how difficult it is to escape the world you are born into, and how downright impossible it is for a one-time crook to go straight, not least because former cronies and agents of the state alike have every incentive to keep the refusnik in the straightjacket of his former identity.

I would certainly read more by Steve Ellis, not only because he writes from bitter experience and from the heart, but because, despite a lack of formal education, the man can write most investigative journalists under the table.
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