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5.0 out of 5 stars
Riveting and Compelling Reading!, 10 Jan. 2014
This riveting book is the story of how the author, William Lobban, was born in prison to a "violent and schizophrenic" mother who was serving time for helping her criminal family members plot to rob an English country mansion of expensive antiques and the contents of a safe. Lobban tells the story of how he became involved in a life of crime and how it led up to him being considered one of Glasgow's most notorious criminals. He tells his story honestly and from the heart, and includes details of how he became closely involved with the villainous Paul Ferris who at one point lay the blame on him in the murder of gangster Arthur Thomas, Jr. He explains how police came to believe he was also behind the brutal murders of Bobby Glover and Joe "Bananas" Hanlon, though police lacked the evidence to get him convicted of those crimes. He is adamant that he has never killed anyone, and the reader, through Lobban's page-turning narrative, will come to believe him. Lobban's story includes details of drug-dealing, armed robbery, gang fights, and his involvement in prison riots as he made his way through Scotland's penal system. He also, quite poignantly at times, explains how he turned his life around after his release from prison and has now managed to escape "The Glasgow Curse," and has devoted his life to doing good and helping others since those dark times of his life. The book is very well-written, and gives the reader a close-up look inside the mind of a man who basically started out by committing the most basic of street crimes and how that led him toward a life as a career criminal. Lobban, thankfully, managed to overcome the odds against him to become quite the opposite of who he once was, causing the reader to believe that his motivation for writing this book was not only to set the record straight but to serve as an example so that others will not follow the same dark path that he started out on. I highly recommend this book.