Mad Frank's London Hardcover – 8 Nov 2001
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"Full of grim tales laced with black humour, this is frequently quite terryfying but strangely compulsive reading," (Sunday Express)
"These are the amazing cases that fascinated notorious gangster "mad" Frankie Fraser during his life of crime... hard-hitting stuff." (Sunday People)
"When it comes to the legends of britain's post-war gangland heyday, few of the characters come larger than "Mad" Frankie Fraser." (Ice) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book began when Frank was talking before one of his evening with events. We were in a trendy West London bar, the kind that has stripped out and completely remodelled an already existing one. I asked Frank if hed been here before. Oh yes, he replied. It was quite a popular hang-out for the chaps in the old days; and he went on to tell us about the night he watched someone being beaten up and knifed there. London, we quickly realised, may have changed on the surface, but underneath all the old haunts were still there, and the crimes committed long time past still had their place. So was Mad Franks London born. You wont find refereence to a blue plaque here this is a record of life lived on the streets. In truth, Franks been doing this for years taking people for tours of criminal London but this is the first time its been done in a book. From Soho to Waterloo, Bayswater Road to High Holborn, London is awash with memories of crimes committed and their residue; this is a book for anyone fascinated by crime and fascinated by the unwritten history of the capital city.See all Product Description
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The key to this book is context. Frank Fraser was a notorious villain and thoroughly mixed up in the crime world of London for decades, and is therefore uniquely placed to offer a commentary on just who did what, why and where it happened.
You really need to read "Mad Frank" first. This book expands on events and personalities touched on in Frank's autobiography, as well as other notable and notorious events in the recent history of London. Then imagine Frank holding court with a group of intent listeners, around a bottle of something enjoyable. That is the style and context of this book, someone sharing his knowledge of the history and characters of criminal London in his own humourous and conversational style.
This is not some dry textbook volume which would belong in a law library. It is more criminal history as recounted by a part of that history. Accept it for what it is obviously intended to be and it makes this book all the more enjoyable; a few hours in the virtual company of Mad Frank when he is on a storytelling roll.
The followup to this book, "Mad Frank's Britain", is even more accomplished with a wider subject matter and even more of Frank's gallows humour. Both are worthy of the attentions of anyone with an interest in British crime and the underworld.