Over the years, both inside and out (though mainly in) he met and associated with many armed robbers, and in Raiders he tells their amazing stories. Like Big Bad Bob, the Scotsman who raided bureaux de change 'armed' only with a water-pistol; Steve the Saint, who risked the best relationship of his life on one last big one in the West End and ended up getting a life sentence; and the members of the Little Firm who terrorized south London till their addictions got the better of them.
The heyday of the armed bank robber may have passed as security has become all but watertight and sentences draconian. But there are some still prepared to risk it, for the thrills as well as the money. But be warned: if you are stupid enough to take up bank robbery as a career, you will be going to prison. It's odds on. Just read this book.
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Praise for A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun:
'Ruthlessly honest with himself, trenchant about the life of crime and punishment, I believe Razor's book is a genuine tour de force. Seldom does a memoir appear which has the capacity to introduce the ordinary reader to the criminal subculture without either romanticizing it or sensationalizing the material' Will Self
'Heartbreaking, compelling, brutal, shocking . . . a rare insight into the criminal psyche' Sunday Times
'One of the most powerful and intelligent memoirs of a life of crime we've ever read' GQ
'Chills, thrills, bristles with confidence. Extraordinary' GuardianAbout the Author:
Razor Smith is currently serving the ninth year of a life-imprisonment sentence. His powerful and highly acclaimed autobiography, A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun, is published by Penguin.
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Book Description Penguin Global, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141032278