Author: Payne (Leslie)
Year: 1973
Publisher: Michael Joseph
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
ISBN: 0718107543
Price: 250.00
Hardback. INCLUDES LOOSELY INSERTED LEONARD 'NIPPER' READ SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH. 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. Includes loosely inserted SIGNED b/w photograph approx. 13cm x 8.5cm of LEONARD 'NIPPER' READ (the man who 'nicked' the Krays). 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 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 unfortunately makes it Vg+ instead of Nr. F. A lovely copy of a scarce Kray related title

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