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White Gold: The Inside Story Of The UK's Largest Ever Drugs Haul Paperback – 3 Nov. 2005
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- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1840189827
- ISBN-13 : 978-1840189827
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.03 x 19.56 cm
- Publisher : Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (3 Nov. 2005)
- Language: : English
Best Sellers Rank:
667,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- 115 in Drug Issues
- 1,705 in Organised Crime Biographies
- 2,251 in British Historical Social & Urban History Biographies
- Customer reviews:
"'A grimly fascinating tale of a life lived on the wrong side of the tracks' - Mail on Sunday"
"'The story unfurls with pace' - Scotland on Sunday"
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This book doesn't pretend to have any literary allusions. It is exactly what it sells itself as: a fascinating, fast-paced account of how the police pieced together an amazing drugs bust - at that time (and possibly still?) involving the largest haul of cocaine in in UK history.
If this rollicking read isn't quite Mr Ancel''s cup of tea, fair enough, but I don't find his comments either balanced or fair, as it seems he was looking for some other genre entirely.
All I can say is I thought it an interesting and illuminating bedtime pageturner. It''s no Wuthering Heights, but it''s no Penny Dreadful either.
I clear my bookshelves out of what I call "chaff" every six months or so. I chucked my copy of this out two weeks ago (the spine was damaged with compression and the pages were falling out a bit) and I've come back specifically to buy another copy (I have always liked books with an "inside track" on real crime, especially written with both important detail AND humour).
If that's not the kind of thing Mr Ancel is interested in, why did he choose to read it in the first place?
Perhaps his somewhat vitriolic review says rather more about his poor choice of reading material than it does about the book itself?