Villains' Paradise

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Villains' Paradise

A History of Britain's Underworld

By Donald Thomas

Pegasus Books, Paperback, 9781933648170, 506pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

"Thomas has excelled himself. An important and riveting study in social history, it also has a very pertinent relevance in the crime-riddled society that is Britain today."-The Sunday Times (London) "A magnificent book. Beautifully written, utterly compelling: almost without fault in every respect."-The Literary Review Venturing into the urban underbelly of postwar Britain, and especially of London, this riveting true-crime chronicle explores the shadowy ganglands where for twenty-five years armed robbery, prostitution, vice, and drugs flourished under racketeer kings.

About the Author
Donald Thomas is the author of "The Raising of Lizzie Meek" and "Victorian Underworld" (NYU Press, 1998), which was short-listed for the Golden Dagger Award. He is also the author of seven biographies, including "Cardigan of Balaclava" and "Cochrane: Britannia's Sea-Wolf". He holds a personal chair at Cardiff University in Wales.