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The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by [Pearson, John]
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'The most famous biography of criminal life to have been published in Britain…a cult’ Time Out

'All credit to Mr. Pearson for a brave and disturbing book' Daily Express

'A scrupulous dossier of the Krays’ weird career' Daily Telegraph

'An exciting read' The Times

'Extremely well written and fittingly dead-pan' New Statesman

About the Author

John Pearson is the author of several novels and biographies including The Life of Ian Fleming, Stags and Serpents: The History of the Dukes of Devonshire and The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award by the Mystery Writers of America.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDQ5G08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded this book more or less out of curiosity, but I was hooked by the high quality of John Pearson's writing. It is a very interesting portrayal of the extreme violence of the Kray twins and of their background.

There are revealing portrayals of people the Krays came into contact with from all walks of life - including prominent politicians. We learn for example that the murky behaviour of one prominent politician was deliberately concealed by the establishment. What a surprise!

The twins, especially Ronnie, wanted notoriety at any price. If Ronnie had to murder to achieve this, that is what he did. I can't be an admirer of the Krays, but I found this book a good read. The twins' mother, Violet, can have the last word: "They're lovely boys". That says a lot, maybe?
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Rereading this book many years later I can't help but feel that Reggie Kray might have been quite a successful business man without the need to resort to crime in order to achieve what he felt was important in life, wealth and power. However he was the second half of a demented twin, and Ronnie's life was always going to end in sadness and violence. Reggie choose to support his brother and together they built an empire of crime which was doomed to disaster as the antics of the Krays became more violent and bizarre. Added to this mix we have the highly intelligent Inspector "Nipper" Read determined to see the bad guys brought to justice and peace restored to the streets of London.
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I can still remember the Krays making headlines from my youth and it was interesting to see how powerful they really were in the 1960s. East End gangsters with a heart of gold? I think not. Nasty pieces of work, one with mental health problems leaning towards violence and the other not to far behind. A fair book I feel....no attempt to glamourise the twins....but missing some of the detail in places. Perhaps because they weren't known of just glossing over the facts. Also the final police phase resulting in the downfall of the twins seemed a bit rushed considering they had ruled London for about 15 years by terror alone. Nevertheless an interesting read and I enjoyed it.
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I've read a few books on the Krays and have always referred back to this book. A fantastic book and well worth reading. I've come across some of the characters mentioned in these books on TV in the past few years and only wish some of them had written their own books, one being Laurie O'Leary (who wrote a book on Ronnie Kray), who I learnt had sadly passed away, but would have loved to have read a bit more about Laurie's life. The others were the Barry brothers who owned the Regency Club - saw them on an interview on TV and could have listened to them for hours! Anyway, this is still the best book on the Krays I have ever read.
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After seeing this film at the cinema I had to buy it
I am not sure why it recieved such negative reviews from the film critics .l was entertained and didn't take it too seriously as I know people always dispute what's accurate and true
I enjoyed it and thought Tom Hardy was brilliant especially as he's playing 2 different parts thought that was clever I never even noticed at times
I do really like Tom though I think,he's an underated actor .
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By nic on 26 Oct. 2015
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some insight into the world of the kray twins it beggars belief ...they started off as your average toe rags and ended up running londons west end as they easily rose up the ranks of crime ..they wouldnt of got away with it in this day and age...... this book allows us to take a closer look at two cold and calculating men ...ok and easy read for the true life genre
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I read a couple of books on the Krays as a result of watching the film "Legend" this book and "Our Story" I enjoyed both, however as this book was the foundation of the recent film I found it the more factual in recording the events that bought the Krays notoriety. The post script section in this book challenges everyone as to what was their notoriety about. Had they have been born a decade earlier they would have been hanged,had they been born a decade later and been more focused n their "business" then they may well have given rise to a true London Mafia.
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Excellent book, I read it when I was 18 and I read it at least once every year. But why is tom hardy's picture on the front of this copy ? If there was a book on tom hardy and you put a pic of Peppa pig on there he wouldn't be very happy.
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