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Judas Pig
Judas Pig
by Mr Horace Silver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone in real crime writing. Untouchable, 15 Sept. 2015
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Following many other reviewers, I cannot stress enough how JP is a truly spellbinding achievement in crime writing, and for me is among the top 5 books on crime I have ever read. A truly vicious account of villainy that I feel could not even be put on celluloid with the justice that it deserves. The story is gripping from the off and personally I couldn’t put the book down. If this is a true or semi-true account of the Hunt firm then they really are complete nutters. Some of the criminal escapades however don’t match the time-frame, for example the killing of a Maltese criminal at the beginning refers loosely to what was rumoured to have been contracted out by RK, however this particular killing occurred in the early 70’s and I’m not so sure that this was carried out as ‘fictionalised’ in the book by the two chief protagonists. The book does give a disclaimer that its fiction, yet there are large swathes of real crimes that go into detail which makes the book a blend of both fact and fiction with the reader being given an almighty joyride into the inner workings of a right bunch of horrible, evil, savage individuals who exist only for torturing and making money quickly. As a stand alone work, this book blew me away and I would urge any serious crime reader to get this pronto and be prepared for the sheer ugly reality of life from the view of a serious London gangster. If you want fantasy crime read Dave Courtney if you want the real deal JP is as close as it comes. I hope the author’s sequel is allowed to be released, because this type of book doesn’t come out often .


Full English Breakfast [DVD]
Full English Breakfast [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dave Courtney
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest gangster film since Killer Bitch. Brutal, unforgiving and totally peerless, 2 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Full English Breakfast [DVD] (DVD)
Fear, power, respect. All in equal measure. Only Mr Courtney commands such adulation and warrants a mass following among a populous eager to applaud and idolise a modern day Robin Hood of the mean streets. Put a ‘real life successful gangster’ on celluloid and you get what is: Full English Breakfast. A visionary master class in modern day film making that delivers a punch as powerful as the man himself. Make no mistake, Mr Courtney is THE man that all so-called gangsters pathetically aim to imitate. Men want to be him, women want to be with him (a bit like Austin Powers), and its this key advantage that the makes the film breath life and offers the viewer an unparalleled rollercoaster ride in the disturbing world of organised crime. Only Mr Courtney could play Dave Bishop, just as only Robert De Niro gave us Noodles and Al Pacino as Micheal Corleone, Mr Courtney was born for this role and this role only, the very embodiment of a high-level, successful, under the radar criminal. The cinematography, film score and of course the dialogue have been disgracefully overlooked by most of the arm-chair critics, but the viewing experience will leave any sane individual begging for more. Intense and sharp at all levels, a polished product that deserved a global release. I sense a franchise here, as this epic story of love, deceit and ruthless betrayal never before captured on film delivers a visceral experience that had the budget / financing been available commanded a 3-D release. This motion picture will canonise Mr Courtney in the world and mainstream cinema and provides a valuable stepping stone for all involved in making this masterpiece to look towards Hollywood and world cinema for future endeavours. Put frankly this will remain the benchmark for gangster films for years to come. I for one can’t wait for a second helping. I also sense Mr Courtney prizing the James Bond role in the not too distant future, or Jason Bourne at the very least.
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Krayzy Days
Krayzy Days
by Mr Micky Fawcett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book from the man who was there, 5 May 2015
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An excellent read, from start to finish. This book has a fresh take which sounds genuine and at times funny on life with the twins and the London criminal circle in general. Some fascinating stuff about self-proclaimed gangsters and myth busting aplenty. In particular the crap spouted by Albert Reading confirms my thoughts as outlined by the author, along with general cobblers from Lenny Hamilton and his book on the Krays. However, it was interesting to read his views on Joe Pyle which he describes as an imposter. Overall, I have to say that this is a fascinating book which captures the madness and violence of a truly unique era and would recommend without hesitation.


Left Hooks and Dangerous Crooks
Left Hooks and Dangerous Crooks
by Tel Currie
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars A haymaker of a book, 7 Jan. 2015
Although entertaining I found a significant proportion of the book biased and jumbled from the author, not a smooth read with an obvious tendency to regurgitate anecdotes told to him by old time villains, who ‘tell it like it is..”. The unfortunate aspect of criticising a few well known fella’s who are either dead or too old to defend themselves now leaves a sour taste (i.e. Lenny Mclean and Frankie Fraser). The author is pretty much expressing the views of men who have an axe to grind against their old adversaries, and expect the reader to believe every word of it, why? Because the author is ‘connected’? yes ‘connected’ to people who want to slag off men they probably couldn't when they were at the top of their game. It’s like an old boys network and trumpet blowing exercise from a number of individuals who are no doubt tasty, but being tasty does not make one a gangster, being clever, staying a step ahead and getting others to do your work for you in my view is much more astute. If you like to read about real gangsters who have had a major impact on the streets, I suggest Westies by TJ English or Cocky by Tony Barnes.


Inside the Firm
Inside the Firm
by Tony Lambrianou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disorganised Crime at best....., 10 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Inside the Firm (Paperback)
As another reviewer quite righty pointed out, Mr Lambrianou was NOT a feared gang boss, but a gopher for the Krays who lived in a fantasy world. The stories of him being feared in jail are laughable. The book is amusing at best but its obvious that his story is embellished with daring fetes of criminality that in the real world would be considered utter tripe. He held no power in any area let alone the street he lived in, but nonetheless its an attempt to gain notoriety and a few quid on the back of some real chaps.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent T-Shirt, 17 Feb. 2014
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Really good fit, and a faded look which adds to the overall appearance. Would be nice to have a choice of colours though.


Supremebeing Moniker Crew Men's Sweatshirt Blue Medium
Supremebeing Moniker Crew Men's Sweatshirt Blue Medium

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks different and great fit, 17 Feb. 2014
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Quite a unique colour which looks good with most jeans. Recommended for casual wear and material is very nice too


Soldiers Of God: White Supremacists and Their Holy War for America
Soldiers Of God: White Supremacists and Their Holy War for America
by Robin MacNaughton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, thoroughly researched and heavy reading, just as this subject matter demands., 27 Aug. 2013
A well written and extremely riveting read which cuts the chase and delivers to the reader the nuts and bolts thinking behind the Soldiers of God movement. Although a few chapters require some very strong attention to detail, the result is some very disturbing views and thought processes that are revealed and explored, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the American psyche, it varying peoples and beliefs and how some amongst its society feel abandoned and betrayed. The religious angle remains consistent throughout the book and compliments the views of the contributors vividly. Overall its disturbing but a very important piece of work. Bravo!


Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent
Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent
by Tim Newark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional read, yet the main man remains an enigma, 27 Aug. 2013
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A very entertaining and informative read, which for me is a good companion to the infamous ‘Last Testament of Lucky Luciano’ book. The author does provide different angles to Luciano’s life as a mobster, from both a personal and business level. The only drawback for me with some aspects of the book, was how Tim Newark refused to believe or simply dismissed what has been part of the Luciano legend and given his own versions, that are equally presumptuous and based on historical records that were written by agencies that actually hated Luciano (so there word is going to be biased anyway). We know that Lucky was used by agencies to further their budgets and very existence, and so documents to reflect this would have been put together, and I feel the author buys way too much into the ‘official’ government versions of events. I mean we all know Luciano was a bad boy, but come on, are we that dumb to believe everything that the FBI or other agencies manufactured about him? Let’s not forget many observers, and more importantly real gangsters / mobsters of that time strongly deny any involvement on Luciano’s part in setting up vice rings, although he (Luciano) did admit he took a percentage of profits from these gangs, in order to provide his own unique form of protection. What I’m saying is that the author shouldn’t take the word of the FBI or other government agencies as gospel, which I believe to large extent he has done, and therefore a biased, agencies / government led version of Lucky Luciano’s life is on display.

No one, apart from probably Luciano’s closest friends knew the inner workings and mind of this criminal pioneer, but this book nevertheless keeps you riveted and offers some sound theories as to why Luciano was so feared in his early life. I think anyone with a general interest in organised crime should read both this and the Last Testament to get a flavour of how the mean streets of New York and beyond were carved up and controlled by Lucky and his peers. I don’t think it will be too long before a long overdue film about Lucky incorporates both books for an upcoming gangster flick.


The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano
The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano
by Martin A. Gosch
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in America there was this gangster..., 11 July 2013
Lucky Luciano, along with Meyer Lansky changed the face of organised crime, and to this day they are still considered the Godfathers of the American Mafia. His life, as outlined in the book delivers a unique perspective from a Don that shaped and changed a nation through sheer violence and strong-arm tactics leaving a legacy of an organisation that still exists today in some form or another. Some believe this book to be a fake, I for one wouldn't doubt that much of it may be, I mean Luciano would have ordered the execution of anyone who talked to the authorities or journalists, however, he this is still an interesting read due to the fact that Luciano's words were recorded, and even if they were done for the benefit of a film, where no doubt he wouldn't want to come across as some monster, the feel of the book in my view is rather `warm'.

I would recommend that anyone with any interest in organised crime, and specifically the American Mafia read this mesmerising although as some might say inaccurate book. Myself, I don't feel that it tells the entire truth, and in parts it doesn't delve too deep into some of the key aspects of Luciano's life, e.g. him and his leadership of the Five Points gang (which included some notable fella's such as Al Capone and Frank Costello and an array of future gangsters that the world still remembers). This was probably the most important and influential street gang in history, yet very little is written about this which was disappointing, however, the way in which Luciano speaks offers a gritty and almost comical take on his past, but then again it may be the author's that provide us with that `feel'.

British books and their attempts by `hard men' `men of respect' `chaps' `faces' etc are simply not in the same league, we are talking about a REAL gangster here, not a `Geezer that can have it' so I would urge anyone who wants to understand more and listen to the man that started it all, as a global enterprise, to read this book. Its simply a tremendous read, even if flawed as some have commented.


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