Gangland Bosses: The Lives of Jack Spot and Billy Hill Paperback – 1 Dec 2005
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Meticulously researched (Tangled Web)
* The story of two of the kings of the London gangland underworld in the 1940s and 50s.
* It is a story of murder and robbery, of love, loyalty and betrayal, of courage and cowardice, of knife fights for the control of London.See all Product Description
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But some of the introductory 'background' stuff (particularly the chapter about the Sabinis) wasn't easy to follow - and I say that against my knowing a fair bit about the subject from previous reading on the subject.
I would have hoped to learn a lot more about some of the 'supporting cast', the likes of Johnny Carter, Billy Blythe, George Walker, etc. and how they interacted ith Hill. But I guess Morton was working mainly with what was available from newpapers and similar, plus inputs from Gerry Parker many of which add interesting details. To be fair, there were other 'cast members' I hadn't come across before, so maybe I'm being a bit picky on that point.
There is reference made to an incident involving Spot at a boxing bill featuring 'Randy Turpin vs Marcel Cerdan' which the author states probably never took place as Randolph never fought Cerdan. Correct, but Randolph's brother Dick fought Cerdan at the venue in question, so the story likely has some foundation. A quick lookup on a boxing site would also have shown that Cerdan didn't die in the year the author states! When you consider the amount of research he clearly did to produce this book and similar it's odd that he'd let that slip. But leaving that aside, the research notes are interesting in themselves, with a lot of extra detail.
Overall, I actually enjoyed reading the book, as I have a huge interest in the London of that era, and the places where the incidents took place. It's worth a read, but it's an easier read if you know some of the story already.
No wonder these guys careers lasted longer than a decade.
The next generation in the sixties didnt learn enough from their predecesors rights and wrongs(who made big money).
The Krays seem a little thick really when you think about things.
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Its all over the place,backwards & forwards,very confusing.first names,surnames,nicknames,at many different times all refering to the same persons...... it was a struggle to read !Published on 2 Nov. 2013 by WAM 2