Nipper Read: The Man Who Nicked the Krays Paperback – 5 Jul 2001
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A tasty dish... a tribute to the author's frankness and his co-author's skill (INDEPENDENT)
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* Following the deaths of The Krays, Nipper Read, the man who arrested them, can now tell the true story of the leaders of London's Gangland.See all Product Description
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For example, Lennie Hamilton tells a very interesting story in his book (Branded by Ronnie Kray) of how a policeman guarding him at a safe house tried to bribe him. It seems this policeman was acting as an agent for the Kray's or their friends, and he was offered five thousand to go away.
Hamilton says Nipper set a trap for this policeman, The property was bugged and the policeman was caught on tape. Nipper makes no mention of this.
All in all its a good, cold matter of fact book which I feel could have been a lot better.
As a constable in 1947, Read spent more time out of uniform, than in it; his modest height ensured that he was much in demand for undercover work. Rising through the ranks of the CID, Read's splendidly written book describes the hard life of a young detective in post-war England. Read rose to the occasion; seconded to the Great Train Robbery team, he went on to tackle the formidible might of the Kray brothers and win.
The book is recounted with Read's typical modesty, apportioning praise to others, whilst never mentioning his own impressive stack of commendations. But it is not all praise; when criticism is needed to highlight bad police practices made by some of the most senior officers at the Yard, Read does not hold back.
Read ended his 29 year career on a high, having served 5 years as the National Coordinator of the Regional Crime Squads. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in recognition for his crime-fighting; many people - myself included - feel that a Knighthood would have been more suitable.
Every young police officer should read this inspirational book; it is a fascinating read and highly recommended.
Very good. Very interesting background to the man who 'nicked the Krays'. A very good read, without any nonsense. What a straightforward gentleman Mr Read is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, was not just about the Krays but about Nippers life as a policeman so was really interesting to read.Published 12 months ago by merlin
I only purchased this as it was about the Kray's and I have read all literature on them, the East End and crime of that era. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Susan Stanton
Splendid account of life in the Police during the fifties and sixties. Detail makes acceptable reading. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Leonard E. READ