Billy Abrahams is a career criminal who makes a very good living from violence, armed robbery, sex shops, and theft from other criminals. But he becomes increasingly haunted by childhood ghosts and by the ever-growing influence of Danny, his psychopathic partner in crime. Billy finds himself starting to look beyond the violence and the scams, slowly descending into a drug-Billy Abrahams is a career criminal who makes a very good living from violence, armed robbery, sex shops, and theft from other criminals. But he becomes increasingly haunted by childhood ghosts and by the ever-growing influence of Danny, his psychopathic partner in crime. Billy finds himself starting to look beyond the violence and the scams, slowly descending into a drug-fuelled netherworld that affects his judgment and his perceptions. He is finally tipped over the edge when Danny commits an act even Billy cannot stomach. And that's when things really start to go wrong. This explosive first novel from a reformed career criminal comes with authenticity stamped throughout....
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Judas Pig Reviews
Even in a country as small as Belgium ( where I live ) there's organized crime going on. Sure, the perpetrators differ from country to country : in Belgium for instance there isn't really a lot of 'indigenous' organized crime going on, while its neighboring country the Netherlands has spawned its fair share of native gangsters and Belgium's other neighboring country Germany has also given birth to some native outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in organized crime. That's not to say there isn't a lot of organized crime in Belgium. Albanians, Italians, Chechens, Georgians, Turks, Kurds, Dutch, Greeks, Moroccans, Congolese have all muscled in on this violent business. And I'm in no way pointing my finger at those communities because I have at least one or more friends within all of those communities. BUT before you're even thinking about getting involved in organized crime yourself, you might consider to do some research on this subject. Because not all is about fancy cars, bottles of champagne and mansions more expensive than an entire village. Judas Pig, in this regard, is the best information you can get. Written by an English ex-mobster, he tells about his years belonging to the most feared and barbarically brutal crew of gangsters out of the East End of London. A 'Firm' ( because that's how the native criminal organizations in England are called ) that has the reputation of being far worse than the legendary Krays or even the powerful Adams syndicate from London who are reputed to dominate organized crime in North and West London.I don't know which situations in the book really happened, I wasn't there, but it all sounds realistic. If you did some research on gangland London you will recognize some of the infamous names and crime entities : Maltese gangsters, the Turkish Cypriot Arif clan,...all make an entertaining but realistic sounding appearance.The writing is brilliant. As brutal as the story is, the way the author describes things with hilarious Cocknet wit made me laugh out loud a lot. This is in contrast with the vicious stuff that happens throughout the book. People are maimed, murdered,...in a way that would rival some of the more hardcore horror novels out there except for the fact that the stuff in this book did happen. One member of the East End crew in particular is described in this book as far more morally repulsive than 99% of the mobsters out there as he commits some acts that even the most hardcore of post-Soviet or Mexican gangsters would deem as completely unnecessary and beyond f***ed up.The book nevertheless is as entertaining as it is informative. It reminded me of Rise Of The Footsoldier ( which is still one of my favourite movies, although I know that there are technically better movies around) in terms of atmosphere. It succesfully ties a series of scenes together that did happen in real life, while giving you a good insight in the brutal and nightmarish underworld of London. For this, I highly recommend this book.
Horace Silver's real name is Jimmy Holmes. It surfaced in a recent court case when millionaire Davey Hunt, East London 'businessman, and scrap metal dealer with little visible source of wealth sued The Times for referring to him as a crime warlord. He lost and the case once more illustrated the level of corruption in The Metropolitan Police.Judas Pig describes the activities of an East London firm led by a vicious psychopath called Danny, whose activities supposedly are a fictionalised account of the Hunt Gang, Danny being Davey.Other well known London villains such as Ronnie Knight appear in the story.The gritty realistic style is very much like JJ Connely's Layer Cake, leading to suggestions that he ghost wrote the novel (memoir?) although that is mere speculation. Famous villains, like famous pirates, are the unsuccessful ones so I guess we will never know whether Holmes was indeed Hunt's partner in the rise of the Hunt Gang but the novel is superb.
WowIncredible rollercoaster, written with brutal and flowing style -think edward bunker 'no beast so fierce.' . Apparently a thinly veiled biography of contemporary London villains
This wasn't a bad book at all -- far from it. It was a compelling read, and was very funny a lot of the time. I was a bit off-put by some of the continuity issues though. Protagonist claims to be 28, but talks about giving blowjobs for half a crown? That'd surely put him into his 60's.If it's the kind of thing you like, it's worth a try. Think a much edgier version of Layer cake.
This is a fictionalised memoir of a top london gangster who is now out of the game, and country. It's one of the most powerful books I've read- it doesn't romanticise - it's authentic - I found it uncomfortable to read but I couldn't put it down due to the gripping episodes and very very black cockney humour throughout. If you like gangster books, or true crime - then you have to read this one.
The most authentic book on British crime you can find despite being mostly fictional (some events and people are real). The language and atmosphere are first class. After Papillion this is the most read book in British prisons despite a very limited print run. Very excited about the next book Horace.
A Cracking ReadI know that it's an old cliques but I couldn't put it down. It was a really good read from start to finish. You could feel the violence and hatred throughout the book flowing through the members of the gang.