Author: Payne (Leslie)
Year: 1973
Publisher: Michael Joseph
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
ISBN: 0718107543
Price: 175.00
Hardback. Leslie Payne was a close associate of Ronald and Reginald Kray in the early 60s, the years of their real rise to power and wealth. In this rise Payne played a vital part. The Krays were in truth little more than East End thugs with a certain native wit. Payne was an expert operator and fraudsman. He provided the brains and confidence necessary to conduct the activities - gambling and fraud - on which the 'firm' flourished; the twins provided the personnel, the gangland aparate. He eventually drifted away from the Krays, alarmed by their psychopathic violence. It was Payne who played a crucial role in the conviction of the Krays, after their attempt to have him murdered had driven him into the arms of the police. Illus., Index. 174pp. 8vo. h/back. With brown tape mks to pds and v.v. sl. to edges of ffep and bep, but with bright lettering to sp. o/w Vg+ in lovely completely unfaded protected dw. which also has similar tape mks. (residue left from a protective film cover, hence the lovely condition of the dw.) to fr. and back flaps which therefore makes it Vg+ instead of Nr. F. A lovely copy of a scarce Kray related title

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