Ask questions about the Brothers Kray in the East End of London and the local people will shake their heads, turn away, and stay silent in fear.
The very name Kray has become another word for violence and terror.
The wall of silence was breached in this outstanding book, the culmination of a seven year investigation undertaken by Brian McConnell with his two colleagues Tom Tullett, Chief of the Daily Mirror Crime Bureau, and Edward Vale, Crime Correspondent of that newspaper.
Together they investigated the activities of The Firm and waited to see who would bring the members to justice.
The Kray’s criminal business had survived several investigations by leading Scotland Yard detectives.
Even though the Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, were imprisoned, serving life sentences for murder, their evil influence lingered.
And though The Firm, as they called their organisation of crime, extortion, fraud, brutality and murder, was put out of business, the Cockneys who kept their criminal secrets stayed secretive.
In this ground-breaking study, McConnell tells the compelling and true crime story of The Rise and Fall of the Brothers Kray.
BRIAN McCONNELL (1928- 2004) joined the Daily Mirror, specialised in crime reporting, before he began writing books. His titles include The History of Assassination, and The Rise And Fall Of The Brothers Kray.
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