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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: pen press (30 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178003525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780035253
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is quite a good book, and alot of what he says in it is very true. As we knew the Kray brothers, I can't understand why everyone had waited till now to speak about them, and slag them off to some extent. All these men could earn good money with the Krays if you understood them, and boxed clever, Interesting book though.
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What an excellent book this is, this story of Micky Fawcett, top-class conman and brawler, a man who from time to time used a gun or a razor, a machete or a bottle and of course his fists. This author doesn’t get his information second-hand. He was for many years in the sometimes fiery furnace of gangland. None was more fiery than that stoked by the Kray twins. Though a close confidant, Micky Fawcett was always wary of these two and he spotted earlier than many the imminence of their fall.

But the real puzzle of the book is how the Twins maintained sway over the East End for so long. They come across as not especially intelligent and lacking in both basic common sense and the capacity to organise their enterprises. All went reasonably well while they had loyal followers able to offer wise counsel. But ultimately many of those followers drifted away, despairing of the increasingly erratic behaviour of both
brothers – by erratic is meant the murders of Frank Mitchell, the so-called ‘mad axeman’, George Cornell and Jack ‘the Hat’ McVitie and the unnecessary and unexpected brutal attacks on those who trusted them. There were probably ten murders and an untold number physical attacks committed by the Twins, several of these their responses to what they interpreted as slights but which most people would have settled in calmer fashion. So often it was their own followers who were victims of the ungovernable rages of both men.

As club owners they were able to attract a coterie of seedy politicians as well as celebrity actors and actresses such as Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor and the physical wreck that was all that remained of Judy Garland.
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I was around at that time and there seems to me there is plenty of truth (which is available online) with a bit of poetic license to match the photo's. I read every word the 1st time. There won't be a 2nd.
Somebody who had a little knowledge of the crew in the east end at the time who openly admits he is a con man....
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This book is refreshing from the point of view that it actually portrays the "Kray Twins" in their true light. Not the organised crime bosses but a pair of rather fortunate criminals, not very bright and lucky to have had a few proper people around them to in essence feed them. This book is a must read, it actually shows them for what they really were, rather fortunate.
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This book was made for me.As an avid reader if true Crime and Boxing books Michael Fawcett's book had me hooked.
Another reviewer has accused him of "slagging off" the Gruesome Twosome now that they're gone. Not true,all Mr Fawcett is doing is putting the record straight and backing up other writers like John Pearson in his last Kray book and Bernard O'Mahoney who revealed the Twins somewhat less than generous "acts of charity" in his book.
Michael Fawcett reinforces the things a relative who was "around in the day" has told me about the London Crime scene of that era and those who's exploits have sold several hundreds of thousands of books since the Krays adopted John Pearson as their official biographer in what turned out to be a very successful bit of self-promotion and arrogance. As Fawcett confirms most of these guys,while no doubt in some cases hard and not to be crossed lightly,were not even close to Criminal masterminds,barely close to average intelligence in a lot of cases. It's known from those same books that Ron Kray was a great fan of American Gangster movies and consciously tried to create the image that the media,and later the general public,swallowed hook,line and sinker.More recent books,like the one Pearson wrote when he was safe from retribution and this one,tell a different story.Their reality is that the twins were big fish in a small pool that had got even smaller by the time their world started to implode.
Krayzy Days is an easy read,felt like Michael Fawcett was sitting across from me telling me "the way it was".Unlike many of this kind of book Fawcett dosn't claim to be the hardest,smartest,Reg and Ron's best friend or portray the Krays and those who went down with them as anything other than thugs,sycophants and wannabes.
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Baring in mind that villains lie for a living, if the stores are true, this is a very good account of life with the Krays and certainly blows away the ridiculous myth that they were just a pair of loveable rouges who only 'done' their own...
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Really interesting book on the Krays and the era from someone who seems to have been close to the action. Having read loads of Kray books this seems to be the most believable. I like how he was directly involved in a number of episodes and tells it like it was with no embellishment or ego. Nice one!
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