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Moody: The Life and Crimes of Britain's Most Notorious Hitman Paperback – 7 Oct 2004
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About the Author
Wensley Clarkson is a journalist and the author of many other crimebooks, including Public Enemy No. 1, Doctors of Death, Whatever Mother Says, Hit 'em Hard, Killer On The Road and, most recently, Killing Charlie, which details the bloody hunt for Charlie Wilson, the infamous Great Train Robber.
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It is astonishing that he evaded justice for so long, only to be assassinated at the end.
He was part of the Richardson torture gang, took part in a famous shoot-out with the Kray firm, joined a Wages snatch gang which netted hundreds of thousands, escaped from Brixton prison with a dangerous IRA terrorist, oh, and was widely reputed to be the most profilic underworld hitman there has ever been in this country.
Wensley Clarkson's book traces Moody's varied career with the notable help of the man's son, brother and IRA friend Gerard Tuite. Some parts of the book read with great authenticity - notably his earlier criminal career - but the 'hits', which are used as the book's main selling point - are vague. Clarkson lists a number of killings that Moody's name has been linked with, but he also points out that Moody's name tended to get linked with everything.
After his spectacular break-out from Brixton prison when he was serving a long sentence for armed robbery, Moody was never recaptured. He ended up living a fairly miserable existence in a couple of tiny flats in south and east London. One wonders why. He seemed to have connections and opportunities to make real cash, but instead went round on his bike and drank in a local. He hated leaving the country (and dogs and smoking) and was almost a cliche of a gangster who loved his Mum and his kids.
Strangely I found Jimmy Moody quite a small character - violent, savage even (at least two men in their early twenties met their death at his hands) - but almost banal in his lifestyle and attitudes. None of the flamboyance of, say, Kenneth Noye, another Clarkson biography subject.
It's a short book, quickly read, and offers an insight into how miserable being a gangster can be, trapped in a world of suspicion and 'codes' that only make sense to the small milieu that men like Moody live in.
Don't expect breathtaking character or action; this is a study in how mundane murder can be.
(Also don't buy Wensley Clarkson's 'Hitman' novel, that tends to get put in True crime rather than fiction sections, while looking for this, like I did. That work shows that Clarkson is no fiction writer. Seriously bad.)
Wensley Clarkson is a brilliant author and he has bought this amazing character to life again. I felt the difficulties the family must of experienced with their loved one on the run,they had obviously contributed a large amount to the book.
A very interesting story, which makes you think very much about the family and people behind the crime,I am sure Mr Moody was a gentleman and caring family man. I only wish he could of contributed to his story. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
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