I've read plenty of true crime books but this one was refreshingly different. It charts in great detail a very nasty drugs war between two organised crime families. So far, so normal. What Caught in the Crossfire does is tell the story behind the story by revealing how one of the gangs was backed by the police and politicians. It is truly disturbing that in a modern democracy this should have been allowed. The ordinary folk who made a brave stand by tackling the crooks and their all-powerful friends in high places deserve a medal. True crime should have a point and this book does. It challenges pre-conceived ideas about how the police operate and exposes the murky nature of secret deals in the justice system. While much UK true crime serves as a platform for supposedly reformed criminals to justify their behaviour and blame everyone but themselves, this is written from the perspective of the ordinary person. It seems that a painstaking amount of research has gone into it. The only niggle is that there are a lot of names crammed in there but it's worth the effort.
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