It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
So, how many was it the Krays killed? Or, how many did they have killed is probably a better way of putting it. They only did two themselves – or was it just two?
And the book is…
Krays: The Final Word by James Morton
The definitive account of the Krays’ world, their criminal activities, and two lives spent running the Firm. Until now books on the Krays have been subjective and incomplete—memoirs by police officers and witnesses, or whitewashing accounts and affectionate recollections by friends and family. This will be the first wholly objective look at how the twins came to power, fell, and, at least in the public eye, rose again. The book will draw together the many often conflicting versions of events—at least five reasons have been offered for the death of George Cornell—and separate fact from fiction. It will include many stories never previously disclosed, such as:
• Charlie Kray’s real position with his brothers. In recent years there have been allegations that he was both a serial molester of women and a police informer, both far from the general picture of a hail-fellow-well-met man manipulated by his younger brothers.
• The Krays’ bribing and intimidation of witnesses and their use of solicitors and the clergy to set up potential defences against police action.
• Just how many people did they kill, or were killed on their behalf? The book will examine claims that they killed up to 30, including an analysis of their possible involvement in the deaths of lawyer David Jacobs and former world champion boxer Freddie Mills
I bought Krays: The Final Word very recently, to add to my ever growing collection of books about the Kray twins. I can not wait to read this! I am a huge true crime fanatic, but the Kray twins are a particular favourite of mine to learn about.
While I was at University, I actually ended up living in the same area that they had lived in, and my University was on the same road as The Blind Beggar pub where Ronnie Kray shot and killed George Cornell (the murder that ultimately led to his arrest and imprisonment).
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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