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Nipper Read: The Man Who Nicked the Krays Paperback – 5 Jul 2001

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316858285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316858281
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I cant help feeling this book could have been a lot better than it was. I don't believe Nipper is being one hundred percent honest with the reader.
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.
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This book is a must for those who are interested in the history of one of Londons most notorious criminal gangs. And their eventual arrest. The defininative record of the entire investigation.
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Leonard 'Nipper' Read will certainly go down in history as one of the best detectives Scotland Yard has ever seen; this book explains why.
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.
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The Krays from a very different angle.
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.
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This is compelling reading which provides a good insight into the Kray operation and the underworld as it was then - how the case was built against them - the skills needed to deal with accused and witnesses - provides a detailed understanding of the twists and turns that exist in the run up to a trial it also appears to show the jealousy that can emerge from fellow policed officers when some body is successful -enjoyed this book a Great Read!
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