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LONDONS UNDERWORLD Fergus Linnane

LONDONS UNDERWORLD By Fergus Linnane

LONDONS UNDERWORLD by Fergus Linnane


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Summary

This is a survey of 300 years of organised crime in London. Full of details and characters, it is an examination of the underside of the world's richest city as it evolved from the extreme violence of the early 18th century.

LONDONS UNDERWORLD Summary

LONDONS UNDERWORLD by Fergus Linnane

London's Underworld is the superbly evocative survey of 300 years of organised crime in the capital. Full of vivid detail and characters, it is an examination of the underside of the world's richest city as it evolved from the extreme violence of the early eighteenth century to the vastly more complex and lucrative, but no less violent, gangland of today. Fergus Linnane takes us on the nightmarish last journeys of condemned criminals to execution. We follow the ingenious criminals who carried out the first great train robbery in 1854 and the gang that robbed the Bank of England. We enter death-trap eighteenth century prisons, described as a 'prototype of hell'. We walk the crowded streets of Victorian London with its swarms of prostitutes, its magsmen and garrotters. We enter low drinking dens where prostitutes and their murderous accomplices practise their arts. We see the rise and fall of the interwar racecourse gangs and the battle for control of the West End, which bequeathed us much of the structure of present-day gangland. This story has the power to disturb and even disgust, but it is endlessly fascinating.

About Fergus Linnane

Fergus Linnane combined a long career in journalism in London with a fascinated interest in the city's various underworlds. Since retiring as executive editor of the European four years ago, he has written London's Underworld and the forthcoming Sin City: A History of 1000 Years of Prostitution in the Capital.

Additional information

GOR002380216
9781861055484
186105548X
LONDONS UNDERWORLD by Fergus Linnane
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Pavilion Books
2003-03-28
288
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