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Published: 17 March 2016
Reviewed: 24 October 2016

3.5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by publisher in return for an honest review

 

Description:

The Hatton Garden Heist captured the public’s imagination more than another other crime since The Great Train Robbery. It was supposed to make a fortune for a team of old time professional criminals. Their last hurrah. A final lucrative job that would send the old codgers off on happy retirements to the badlands of Spain and beyond. It seemed to be the stuff of legends. Tens of millions of pounds worth of valuables grabbed from secretive safety deposit boxes in a vault beneath one of the most famous gold and jewellery districts in the world.

But where did it all go wrong for this band of old time villains? And why did the gang’s bid to pull off the world’s biggest burglary turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse featuring the police and London’s most dangerous crime lords?

Nobody is better placed to reveal the full story of the Hatton Garden Raid than Britain’s best-connected true crime writer Wensley Clarkson. Through his unique contacts inside the London underworld, he’s persuaded those who really know the truth to reveal the chilling details behind Britain’s biggest ever burglary.

My Thoughts & Review:

This is an informative look behind the scenes of a world that many readers may have little to no knowledge of, except from what they may have read or seen on screen – The London Underworld and organised crime.  This book gives a detailed insight into the workings of the criminal activity involved in the raid dubbed the Hatton Garden Heist, and Wensley Clarkson gives his unique perspective on the proceedings.

For the most part I felt that Clarkson wrote fairly about the individuals and their parts in the proceedings with openness and for the most part with impartiality.  Through his connections inside the London underworld Clarkson is able to methodically recount the details of the daring burglary but also to shine a light on the connection between this and the Brink’s-Mat Robbery which makes for fascinating reading.
Despite some of the material being similar if not the same as was reported in the media at the time of the burglary and subsequent court cases, Clarkson is able to provide his readers with background information about the gang members and give insights into their histories which makes for fascinating reading.

The pace of the book is good, it is quite a quick read and one that you can easily pick up and put down if you need to without losing track of what is going on.

The conundrum of Basil’s identity is a puzzle that will rattle around in my head for a while I feel.  I desperately want to put an identity to this ghost, tie it all up with a bow, but alas if even the members of the gang have no idea who he is, there is no chance I will ever know.

You can buy a copy of Sexy Beasts: The Inside Story of the Hatton Garden Heist here.

About the Author:

Wensley Clarkson is one of Britain’s most knowledgeable writers when it comes to the criminal underworld.  His books – published in more than thirty countries – have sold almost two  million copies.  He has also written movie screenplays and made numerous TV documentaries in the UK, US and Spain.

For more information on Wensley’s books go to his website http://wensleyclarkson.com or follow him on Twitter @wensleyclarkson

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