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Author Smith, Razor, 1960-

Title A few kind words and a loaded gun : the autobiography of a career criminal / Razor Smith
Published Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (482 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents 1 Quo Vadis? 1 -- 2 No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish 24 -- 3 A Small Corner of Hell 45 -- 4 Young Guns 64 -- 5 Summer of '76 86 -- 6 Rebel with a Cause 103 -- 7 Up the Bailey 118 -- 8 Gladiator School 134 -- 9 Under the Liquid Cosh 155 -- 10 Singing in the Strong-Box 185 -- 11 End of the Line 198 -- 12 Rocking at the Chick-a-Boom 207 -- 13 The Battle of Morden 233 -- 14 Payback 241 -- 15 Massacre at the White Swan 254 -- 16 The Little Firm 263 -- 17 Blood on Brixton Road 277 -- 18 Enter the Flying Squad 294 -- 19 The Hate Factory 309 -- 20 On the Island 328 -- 21 Madness at Maidstone 346 -- 22 Running Wild 364 -- 23 Back on Tour 391 -- 24 Parole! 421 -- 25 The Laughing Bank-Robbers 433 -- 26 Belmarsh and the Bailey 454 -- 27 Some Regrets 468
Summary Brutal and violent, this tell-all is a personal account of the life of Razor Smith and the world in which he lived, where ruthlessness, viciousness, and savagery are prized and admired. In prison more than half of his life for assaults and armed robberies, Smith became confined in a peculiar kind of hell from which his only route of escape was to master the art of writing. His book shows us a face of crime not often encountered in run-of-the-mill true-crime books: a face as tender and intimate as a lover's, yet as frightening as a killer's. Powerfully written from beginning to end, this is an extraordinarily vivid account of how a kid from South London became a career criminal, a blistering indictment of a system that brutalized young offenders, and an unsentimental acknowledgment of the adrenaline-fueled thrills of the criminal life. Shocking, fascinating, and horrifying, it also reveals Smith as one of the most talented writers of his generation
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Subject Smith, Noel.
Thieves -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
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