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Gangland Bosses
By James Morton

Gangland Bosses

The Lives of Jack Spot and Billy Hill New edition

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Gangland Bosses by James Morton

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In August 1955 two men fought on the corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street, Soho. From the dreadful injuries they inflicted on each other it easily could have been a hanging matter, but ironically it became known as 'The Fight that Never Was'. It was, however, to have enormous repercussions in the battle for control of Soho and its clubs and for the bookmakers' pitches on the racecourses. It also led to the inexorable rise of the Kray twins. One of the men fighting was Jack Spot, the self-proclaimed defender of the Jewish community against Fascism. The other was the half Italian Albert Dimes, the right hand man of Spot's one-time friend and later nemesis Billy Hill, rightly described as the nearest Britain has ever had to a mastermind. Meticulously researched, including interviews with the survivors of the era, this is the story of the rise and fall of Spot from an East End background and Hill from a criminal family in Holborn, as well as that of their spiritual mentor Darby Sabini, the King of the Racecourses in the 1920s and 1930s and his successors Alf and Harry White.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751533200
ISBN-10: 0751533203
Format: Paperback
(176mm x 109mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Time Warner Paperbacks
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Morton

James Morton was a solicitor primarily involved in defence work for twenty-five years. He was then Editor of the New Law Journal and The Criminal Lawyer. He is the author of the hugely successful Gangland series. Gerry Parker worked for Jack Spot and is

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