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The Devil: Britain's Most Feared Underworld Taxman | Paperback

Released on 02 August 2007

Author: Graham Johnson | Format: Paperback

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Gangster Stephen French stole GBP20 million from Britain's biggest drug traffickers during his reign as the underworld's top narcotics 'taxman'. From Sicily to Istanbul, French was feared by those who claim to fear no one as he 'taxed' those above the law. The former world champion kick boxer didn't care how ruthless or powerful his underworld victims were and, using unspeakable acts of evil, he kidnapped and tortured some of the world's richest and most brutal crime lords until they paid up. And without fail they did. French amassed his fortune - the cornerstone of his legitimate business empire today - using three ruthless business methods. Firstly, he was the most prolific drugs taxman the underworld has ever known. Secondly, he was the debt-collector for the UK's biggest and richest ever criminal, Curtis Warren. Thirdly, he led a 'tie-up' gang: specialist armed robbers who stole drugs and money from dealers in secret raids using military tactics. Taxing is a secret world, a new phenomenon that grew out of the '90s drugs explosion. It is a modern day protection racket in which the victims are offered false sanctuary from the other villains who want to rob them.In "The Devil", top investigative journalist Graham Johnson will expose the little-known world of taxing. The book contains exclusive interview material with French, who reveals what it's like be a member of Warren's UK Cartel - the first time an insider has ever spoken on the record. French also gives a blow-by-blow account of the 200-plus raids he has carried out on drug dealers, relieving them of both their drugs and their money.

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Before I start my I just make it clear that I am normally a fan of these biographical real crime type books, however, this one is terrible. The main reason is down to the writing.

The story is extremely disjointed and written quite childishly (I think it trying to be humerous but isn't). Talking about 'KungFu kicks' and 'he wasn't expecting a World Class Athlete...' etc just doesn't work. Another area of lacking is in the detail of the incidents included in the book. The subject's life has obviously been a very scary one however this really (and I mean really) does not come across in the writing.

To be honest, I wouldn't even recommend this to die hard fans of this genre.

 the devils coming for you!!!

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top read!! i couldnt put the book down! stephen french doesnt take long to start telling the tales of is very dark past. Who would think that top drug barons would have anything to be scared of? think again! because the devil is coming and he's not leaving without what he came for, at any cost.

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AuthorGraham Johnson
PublisherMainstream Publishing (United Kingdom)
Year2007
ISBN9781845961787
FormatPaperback - 256 Pages
Illustrations1 x 8pp colour & b/w