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The Krays, The: Unfinished Business Paperback – 1 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842221418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842221419
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Fido studied at Balliol College, Oxford before lecturing at the University of Leeds and Michigan State University; he then became Reader in English Literature and Head of English at the University of the West Indies, Barbados. After leaving teaching, Martin returned to England and became a full-time writer and broadcaster, specializing in crime. Since 1987 he has written and narrated Murder After Midnight for LBC radio, he has also written and presented a documentary on Jack the Ripper for BBC's Timewatch. He has made contributions to many more television and radio programmes. Among the books Martin has had published have been the Jack the Ripper A-Z (Headline, 1994), Murders after Midnight (Weidenfeld 1990), The Crimes Detection and Death of Jack the Ripper (Orion, 1993) and the Murder Guide to London (Orion, 1993).


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Fabulous book, very hard to put down, initially I found it a slow start but the pre-story information is essential and gives the reader a real understanding of key facts, law at the time and even the social economics which makes for a better understanding. I was fascinated and gripped by Fido's version of events, only slight criticism was that the author did inject his owm biased & personal views however, it doesn't detract from a well written and informative read.
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I know of the Krays but I don't know anything about them, hence why I bought this book.

This book is shocking as to how coldly Ronnie and Reggie would dispatch people who displeased them (like Jack "The Hat" McVitie).

This book reveals new murders which were not thought to have been committed by the Krays at all and portrays them more as wannabe gangsters than real gangsters.
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Fido begins with a potted history of London's organised criminal gangs and families, placing the Krays in their historical context. He avoids the crass romanticising of these men's lives that the hack writers of best-selling Kray "biographies" indulge in. Fido identifies the reality behind their activities - Evil.
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A much more realistic and informative book than so many of the cheap and nasty cash-in stories about the Krays. Martin Fido puts the Twins in the much broader context of British (well, maybe London) crime and discusses the bad things, as well as the better ones. He's done his research and his homework very well and produced a well-balanced book, free of the sentimentality and sensationalism that surrounds this topic.
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