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Viv (Graham) Paperback – 29 Jul 1998
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From the Author
Now written into a film script - with good grama (sic)
I accept any criticism, as this is a right of free people. This particular title caused me all sorts of trouble in assembling and after a lengthy delay it hit the bookshelves. Not without some controversy. I agree that the grammar is not conventional and that is part of my writing style, I'm a non-conformist and believe in being able to write as you think. After the computer disks, that were seized by the police, were eventually returned from the police there was only a matter of weeks to get the book out. The book is written in such a way and is meant to be an introduction to the second in the 'Viv' series 'Viv - and the Geordie Mafia (Vol 2)'. This book is maybe a little too well researched, but as far as the contents are concerned I stand by them. The amount of threats to sue me and solicitors letters prove that I hit some raw nerves in this murder investigation - all of the writs have been dropped, as I expected. The two books are now in film script form and the production company are hopeful that this will become a big screen movie called 'Gangsters' Paradise'. Thank you for any criticism - good or bad.
Steve Richards Investigative Author
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
For the first time ever Stuart has spoken of the brutal attack and of the circumstances surrounding the build up to it and why he couldnt retaliate, but even so he still managed to humiliate Viv by taking his best shots without returning any and still not going down. Stu takes up the story prior to the Hobos incident:
It went back further than that with me and Viv. We had a bit of a do down at Julies nightclub about 18 months before the Hobos incident. He comes in and a few words were exchanged, I didnt know he was in the building. He come across and put his arm across my shoulder in a friendly sort of way and he said, Youre Jobies pal? (John Jobie) I replied, Yes, and he gave me an uppercut on the chin. (Stories are coming out about Viv that confirm what other people have said.) Ive still got a scar on my chin even now after all these years. He didnt drop me, I pushed off him and we had a bit argy bargy and Rob Armstrong and a couple of other kids were with him, we burst out on to the street and a few words were exchanged. We were going to have a fight up the back lane but then all the doormen on the quayside were his mates and more or less worked for him down there, the trouble dispersed.
It never stopped at that though and I was supposed to meet him up at the bridle path up at Whickham (An area near to the Metro Centre shopping complex.) the next day on a Sunday. He ended up actually shaking my hand after the set to on the Saturday night and said, Id like you to come in with me, and as he shook hands with me he said, Id like to get all this sorted out. I met with a few of the lads down at Dunston and it was me and a lad called Stephen Vaughan, who used to be a good friend of mine, and I went up to Whickham to meet Viv, him and Armstrong (Rob Armstrong was once a close friend of Vivs.) and they never turned up so that was that.
A while after that Cecil and Reg Levy offered me to do the door at Hobos. Cecil said, Will you do the door, and he went on to say that he didnt want the likes of Viv Graham or the Sayers in the place I said I would keep them out. So the first couple of nights nothing was said but word got back to me that a few of them were running around the town and were coming up to see me. I told the lads on the door at the time, Joe Quince, Stephen Flash Gordon and a few other lads who were working with me. I said, Dont let them in the door, if they come to the door give me a shout, Im inside and Ill come and sort it out.
One of the doormen come and told me that Viv and his team were at the door. I said, At the door, so when I goes in they said that Viv wasnt at the door but actually in the foyer of the club. I said, Whos let the fuckers in? So I goes straight out to the foyer and I went to the door and they were like standing in the corner and as I went through the door I actually walked past them. Again I said, Whos let these in?
A voice behind me, Vivs, said, WATSON. I turned around and he gave me a left hand straightaway and I went back and the rest of them, five or six of them, stood around me and were saying to Viv: Go on Viv do him, kill him, kill him, do him. I knew two or three of them were blade merchants anyway and I knew theyd be tooled up.
Soon as he hit me I knew he hadnt done anything with me I was going to have a shot, but I could see I was in a no win situation with him especially when the doormen who were supposed to be standing with me fucked off out of the door, I was dropped like a hot pebble. My girlfriend was there and she could be heard squealing in the background when the court played the video footage. One of the doormen had a hold of her, she wanted to intervene herself Im married to her now.
Viv is still giving it to me, batting me and at the finish we burst into the club itself and he still couldnt put me on my arse. Viv by this time was running out of puff and he says to me, Go down! Go down man! The others who were with Viv had kicked open the fire exit doors by this time and everybody had made a big space for them and they were saying to him: Get him outside, well kill him, so Viv was still shouting at me, Go down, go down.
Viv was more concerned what was going to happen because he didnt have the arse for it because if they had of killed me or stuck me then he was in the shit and he knew it. I didnt go down though, I kept a hold of the spiral staircase, he didnt hurt me but they were like a pack of dogs and jumped in and started punching and kicking me. Viv stopped it he was shouting, HES HAD ENOUGH. HES HAD ENOUGH THATS IT! I was all cut and Viv was looking worried. I said, Is that it then, are you finished?' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book should be up there with the best of them because we're not given just one good story from men of violence but a whole book full. If the men in suits give this book some coverage it will blast many so called gangster books into orbit.
I just don't think this book will be matched for the way it puts violence across in a matter-of-fact way.
I mean we've got a man having his legs hacked off in one chapter and then in another a man saying those who live by the sword die by the sword and then a short while later he's stabbed to death, but it's how the story comes across that says it all.
People might say I'm easily pleased but when you consider how many crime books I've read then you might understand my excitement at this one. The pace of the book never lets you down for a minute and by the end I had nothing left to read but the outer cover. I know this is the last one in the Viv series and that is the worst part about it all knowing that such a book might never be seen again. It will be just as good second time around when I get to read it in a few months time again, can't wait.
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