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THE Marshalls and the Dolans have history. For almost 40 years on the infamous Boxers Estate in Barking, East London, their relationship has rarely run smoothly. 

Unaware of the background, teens Gary Marshall and Arnie Dolan forge a close bond, fighting adver...

March 25, 2019

YES, I’m a latecomer but I have just begun to appreciate the joy of Flix.

     I’m talking about the TV and movie streaming service Netflix, which has revolutionised my viewing over the last couple of months.

     You would think there were enough things to wat...

February 10, 2019

MEL SHERRATT is a bit of a publishing phenomenon just now and her latest police procedural Hush Hush has received acclaim from many of her peers, including genre big-hitters Ian Rankin and Rachel Abbott.

     Since 2012 she has sold over one million books. All 11 of her...

January 30, 2019

KERRY BARNES certainly didn't take the normal route to becoming an author of gangland novels. Having grown up on a council estate in the South East of England she began life as a microbiologist and then went into medicine. It was only when her daughter was born that sh...

July 30, 2018

NO self-respecting gangster blog can be complete without featuring the work of the master. Mario Puzo's Godfather is a tour de force that set the standards and guidelines for all other gangland crime thriller writers to follow.

     I read it a long time ago - along wit...

November 14, 2017

GRAHAM GREENE'S Pinkie is the template for a whole host of mean, brooding, angry young men that litter the gangster genre.

     Published in 1938, Brighton Rock still has the air of menace which many modern day gang-related books lack.

     Pinkie is, quite sim...

October 26, 2017

I THOUGHT I would move away from fiction this week and take a fascinating look into the world of true crime, from the small fry who serve drugs on street corners to the Mr Big characters whose influence spans continents.

     A former crime correspondent of the Observer...

October 17, 2017

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IF you like your gangsters of the rough and ready 'oop north' variety, it seems Mandasue Heller is the go-to author that fits the bill.

Having spent 10 years living on Manchester's notorious Hulme Crescents estates she use...

October 11, 2017

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IT MAY be pushing it a bit to put Lynda La Plante in the gangster fiction genre, but having been brought up on the Prime Suspect series with Helen Mirren I think there are enough dodgy characters involved to make out a good cas...

October 5, 2017

CASEY is being touted as an up-and-coming star in the genre and seems to have built up quite a following. I thought I would give The Promise a try, the story of young sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker, who are left to fight their own corner when their mother is jailed...

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