The Underworld is a comprehensive history of the gangsters and the godfathers, the robbers and the informers, the king-pins of the drugs world, the vice lords and the shadowy career criminals, often told in the words of the villains themselves and the detectives who pursued them. From the racetrack gangs and the smash-and-grab merchants in the early part of the last century, through the post-war Soho vice bosses of and the Kray twins, to the Great Train Robbers, the Hatton Garden burglars and the new wave of international hit-men and drug and sex traffickers, the Underworld tells the inside story of those who chose to live on the wrong side of the law.
Originally published in 1994 as the companion to the BBC series of the same name, it has now been updated, with new revelations and fresh insights. It also covers the dramatic developments in organised crime over the last quarter of a century, from the internationalisation of the underworld to the new gangs fighting for territory in Britain’s inner cities. It examines what the future holds for organised - and disorganised - crime.
Duncan Campbell is a freelance journalist who worked for the Guardian for more than 20 years as crime correspondent and Los Angeles correspondent. He previously worked for LBC Radio, Time Out, City Limits and the London Daily News. He has written seven books, most recently two novels, If It Bleeds, about a crime reporter and The Paradise Trail. His other books include The Underworld, the companion to the BBC series of that name, and That Was Business, This Is Personal, a series of interviews/profiles of criminals, detectives, lawyers and others in the criminal justice process.
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