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Hit ’Em Hard: Jack Spot, King of the Underworld Paperback – 2 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment; New edition edition (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007124414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007124411
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' A lurid tale...but a fascinating one.' -- The Independent on Sunday

'compelling...the story of the battle for control of London's organised crime is gripping.' -- Evening Standard --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Once the undisputed king of the underworld, Jack Spot was the most powerful criminal in Britain. His thirty-year career began in the 1930s and saw him living on a knife-edge in a thrilling and dangerous world. Over the years, he had run-ins with the Krays, the Richardsons and that other guv'nor of guv'nors, Billy Hill, as well as keeping crooked coppers in his pocket

Spot maintained an extravagant lifestyle for decades, indulging his weakness for beautiful women and all the trappings of wealth. He funded his lifestyle with a series of ingenious crimes, yet managed to escape years with impunity, earning himself national notoriety. Spot had the respect of his own fraternity who regarded him as the true boss of the underworld. Many of those villains even modelled themselves on him.

Wensley Clarkson tells the fascinating story of Spot's life, based on interviews with contemporary criminals and with Jack Spot himself. The result is a thrilling, enthralling account of one man's criminal genius, set against the darkly glamorous world in which he moved.

"This was more than a mob fight. It was victory over the Nazis. I didn't want to swank, but that night I was the hero of the west end."
JACK SPOT, '1938'

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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