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Welcome to another Celebrating Indie Publishing post! Today I am thrilled to indulge another of my great interests, true crime, with a review of Krays: The Final Word.

  • Title: Krays: The Final Word
  • Author: James Morton
  • Publisher: Mirror Books
  • Publication Date: 14th November 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.


Think you know everything about the Krays? 

Think again.

Britain’s most notorious gangsters as you’ve never seen them before.

Britain’s most infamous criminals: the Kray twins. The extent of their activities has always been uncertain. But now, it is time for the conclusive account of their story, from their East End beginnings, to becoming the kingpins of London’s underworld.

This objective account, compiled by best-selling crime author and criminal lawyer James Morton, cuts through the conflicting versions of their stories and answers burning questions still being asked, 50 years after their infamous conviction. How was the clergy involved in evading police action? What was Charlie Kray’s true position with his brothers? Just how many did they kill?

Featuring an in-depth discussion at the supposed claims they killed up to 30, and a deep dive into the death of champion boxer Freddie Mills, The Final Word compiles all previous accounts and then some to find the truth behind their legendary status.

This is the Krays – all facts, no fiction.

My Thoughts:

There have been so many books published about the Krays over the years, each proclaiming to give an insight into the gangland legends that were Ronnie and Reggie Kray, but many are sensationalist or controversial, so I was keen to read this and see what James Morton could offer.

Before getting into this book, I looked up the author to get an idea about who he is and what his background is to get a feel for what sort of book I was embarking on. As a best-selling crime writer, criminal lawyer and the ghost writer for Frankie Fraser, I felt that I was in safe hands with James Morton.

The examination of the lives of the Kray brothers is fascinating and feels to steer away from the usual sensationalism that is rife in many true crime books. Whether this is down to Morton’s time as a lawyer or his own personal writing style, it makes this much easier to read and feels somewhat more authentic.

Exploring the impact these two men had on society as well as the criminal world, Morton also gives information about how the brothers rose to the heights they did and the route they took, the people they were involved with and what brought about their eventual downfall.

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