The Profession of Violence

The Profession of Violence : The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

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The classic, bestselling account of the infamous Kray twins, now a major film, starring Tom Hardy.

Reggie and Ronnie Kray ruled London's gangland during the 60s with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks even now. Building an empire of organised crime that has never been matched, the brothers swindled, extorted and terrorised - while enjoying a glittering celebrity status at the heart of the swinging 60s scene, until their downfall and imprisonment for life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 250g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film tie-in edition
  • illustrations
  • 0008150281
  • 9780008150280
  • 130,704

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'The most famous biography of criminal life to have been published in Britain...a cult' Time Out

'All credit to Mr. Pearson for a brave and disturbing book' Daily Express

'A scrupulous dossier of the Krays' weird career' Daily Telegraph

'An exciting read' The Times

'Extremely well written and fittingly dead-pan' New Statesman
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About John Pearson

John Pearson is the author of several novels and biographies including The Life of Ian Fleming, Stags and Serpents: The History of the Dukes of Devonshire and The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award by the Mystery Writers of America.
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