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The Glory Boys: The True-life Adventures of Scotland Yard's SWAT, The Last Line of Defence in the War Against International Crime - Steve Collins

Century, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “8. 10 p. m. and the early evening calm is shattered by the volley of gunfire. As the smoke and cordite clear a young cyclist lies dead in the street, five rounds having ripped through his body. Five days later in a separate incident a forty-eight-year-old psychiatric nurse and her son are arrested in possession of a devastating Mach. 10 machine-gun. Later at a ‘Wild West’ style disco a youth lies bleeding, gunned down by revellers shooting in time with the music. Miami? Not even close; this is London where everyday headlines scream execution, assassination and gangland hits, a city where the gun is now the latest fashion accessory.

At the forefront of the fight stands SO 19, the Metropolitan Police Specialist firearms unit, ‘the Glory Boys’. They alone take the war to these villains, a war fought many hundreds of times a year by these men in black, not in some far flung foreign land and not even on the streets of Belfast. It’s here, on your streets, in your towns and in your cities.

As a stepping stone to Europe London has become the natural staging post for international crime and with it comes gang-related murder and violence. South American drug barons, Russian Mafiya and Jamaican Yardies now threaten the very existence of the traditional ‘good old south London villain’.

The Glory Boys tells it how it is. In graphic shocking detail former SO 19 Black Team leader Steve Collins follows the trail that leads from shoot-outs with dealers in Britain, through to the death of gangster ‘Crazy’ Kenny Baker to the final capture of Mr Big, a notorious Colombian drugs overlord.

Steve Collins says: We are barely keeping our head above water in the rising tide of international crime. Gun battles on your streets are now commonplace. The only reason you sleep safe at night is the sheer dedication of SO19, who daily risk death. For they alone remain the last defence in the arsenal of the thin blue line.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XI] 224 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.