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Killing Charlie charts the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Charlie Wilson, the most powerful villain to emerge from the ultimate British crime of the twentieth century: the Great Train Robbery. Wilson moved on from armed robbery to become an all-powerful figure in the drug underworld. But his life of greed and corruption would eventually end when his rivals decided to wipe him off the face of the earth - with the tacit approval of Spanish, British and US drug enforcement agencies. Killing Charlie is a roller-coaster ride through five decades of London's gangland, including a long spell on the Costa del Crime and forays into the deadliest killing fields of all: South America. Meticulously researched, it pulls the reader into Wilson's bizarre, sordid, crime-filled world - one that took him from the mean streets of south London to even harsher prison corridors, and from a quiet life in small-town Canada to the heated, manic, cocaine-fuelled Costa del Sol. Containing interviews with many of Charlie Wilson's former associates, Killing Charlie also reveals how Wilson was feared by many other criminals; how his love of pretty women almost cost him his life; and how he desperately tried to 'retire', only to discover the inevitable - that gangsters never rest in peace.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845960353
ISBN-10: 1845960351
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Wensley Clarkson

Wensley Clarkson is a investigative journalist and the author of many other true crime books, including Killer On The Road, Bindon, Whatever Mother Says, Hit 'Em Hard and Moody. He has also written screenplays and television documentaries and his books have sold more than a million copies in 17 countries worldwide.

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