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    DescriptionA cult figure among loyalists, despised and feared by nationalists, Billy 'King Rat' Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen inside the Maze Prison in 1997. Wright became involved with loyalist paramilitaries at the age of 16, and in the early 1990s he emerged as the UVF commander in the Mid-Ulster area. The Billy Boy documents Wright's role in the Drumcree dispute of 1995-96 and his split from the UVF, recounting how he ignored both a death threat and an order to leave Northern Ireland, only to remain in Portadown and form the Loyalist Volunteer Force. It covers Wright's trial and subsequent imprisonment for a crime it has been claimed was set up by the State; recounts the circumstances of his killing inside a top-security prison; and investigates the allegations of State collusion in Wright's death. Terrifically gripping and often disturbing, The Billy Boy is an exhaustive account of a notorious figure of the Troubles, whose life and death were surrounded by controversy and political debate.


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    Title
    The Billy Boy
    Subtitle
    The Life and Death of LVF Leader Billy Wright
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Anderson, Foreword by Tim Pat Coogan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840187588
    ISBN 10: 1840187581
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKN
    BIC subject category V2: JPWL
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    DC22: 941.670824092
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000, BIO010000, POL037000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKN
    LC classification: DA990.U452 \W7536 20
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JPHL, DNBH, DNXC, JPWL
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    02 August 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Chris Anderson is a freelance journalist and contributes to numerous newspapers, including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Life. He lives in Portadown.
    Review quote
    "A gripping and provocative read" Irish Times "A detailed and chilling account of one of the most infamous characters to emerge from the Troubles" Eye Spy "Fascinating" Tribune