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True story or fantasy???,
By A Customer
This review is from: Armed Candy: A True-Life Story of Organised Crime (Paperback)
I have to agree with other reviews that the book was a little too graphic. Many times I was left saying to myself "stop now..I've got the picture" Although the book was a good read I was left asking myself is this a true story or not. There are references to key underworld figures and events which are aimed at authenticity but these can easily be researched. I can't understand why there is a need to change names and be vague about dates and places if indeed she is trying to expose the underbelly of Glasgow's organised crime. Surely "people in the know" including police will easily piece this together and know who is who...that is, if it is a true story. My opinion is that this is 100% creation of the author and he has invented Kay Petrie telling her story to add a different angle to the book and give it a touch of realism. If this is the case I commend the author for creativity. There are two events in the book which give me this sceptical view. Firtsly the meeting with BC and asking if she will be safe to return to Glasgow. This did not have a ring of truth to it and I simply could not imagine this taking place in the manner in which it did. I also do not understand why she would reveal herself and return to Glasgow on "his word" that she will be safe when throughout the book she has painted him as a lieing, two faced, sneeky not to be trusted so and so. The second event is the scenario of the chance meeting between the author and Kay Petrie in an Edinburgh brothel. Once again I cannot imagine a scenario like this being true to the story.
All in all I was left with many doubts but not a bad read.