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Summary

Crack House takes the listener into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance. The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade, Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital.

One of them, Haringey Drugs Squad, embarked on a war on crack, aiming to shut down all 100 crack houses in their borough in one year. Amazingly, they did it. Even more amazingly, in the subsequent 12 months all black-on-black killings in Haringey ceased, and burglaries and muggings fell massively.

In Crack House, Harry Keeble describes in heart-stopping fashion the raids and arrests, as well as the beatings, stabbings, and shootings he witnessed as leader of the Haringey Drugs Squad and their war on drugs.

©2008 Harry Keeble (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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  • chris
  • Barnstaple, United Kingdom
  • 16-06-12

Addictive as the drug itself

I work in a Drug and Alcohol rehab, so I was not too shocked at the awful stories about the adicts in this book (sad though they are), what shocks and pulls you in is the gritty and honest way the book has been written, the trully disturbing politics surrounding the whole official approach to tackling the issue (ignorance and disinterest) and the determination of this one copper to sort it out no matter what!

Shocking
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And it still goes on

If you have read this far... then it is a must-read, unputdownable, supprisingly addictive book.

Roll on the movie....

Much better than I ever expected it could be.

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  • David
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • 04-05-12

Truly shocking

I like this book for several reasons;
- Glimpse inside war on drugs. Politics, means, methods.
- Filled with anecdotes - true I suppose.
- Horrific & informative regarding cracks addictiveness.
- Good pace & flow, never boring.
- Good narration.
- Suitable length.

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Way better than I thought it would be. Excellent b

Started listening and literally could not stop. This is an excellent, entertaining, gritty and worthwhile listen. Great narrator and fascinating story. I hope its apocalyptic message does not eventuate ...

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Fascinating - loved every minute of it

This has to be one of the best audio books I've ever listened to.

Although fact, it reads like fiction. I was fascinated to hear about this sub-culture that exists under our noses. The human character is portrayed in it's extreme - dogged determination from all angles.

Brilliantly narrated. One of the few books that excels in this format - far more enjoyable listening to it than having read it myself.

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The frightening reality of crack

Superb book, extreme bravery.
Gives a great insight to the worlds drug problems...
However chapters do not correspond which can be a pain

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Crack House

This was brilliant, and sad on the murkier side of Britain and drugs. Will stay with you a while this one.Don't let the tough cockney reader put you off. This is a must listen

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Amazing account from the front lines of the crack war just in one borough !
i grew up in and around areas with theses scumy people, places and details... all which comes to life. very well delivered from a view that we dont often hear from. Once started it was very hard to stop the audio, full of sad, funny, frustrating, horrible, disgusting tales. the audioit has all the human emotions kicking around in it. if you have ever been mugged in north london,....well read this to see what it had funded...........

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nicely narrated

a very well written book, goes deep into the issues of hard drugs in major cities such as London. Some truly horrific incidents described in gruesome detail give the reader a first hand appreciation at the scale of the problem.

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  • Mr
  • 16-04-18

Grim but intriguing.

This is the first of a trilogy of memoirs of Keeble's professional career, this one describing his efforts running the Metropolitan police's attempt to control the crack-cocaine epidemic in London the the late 1990s and early 2000s. It's a fascinating story of how badly out of control the problem was at that point, and of the police's attempts to get to grips with it.

Much of the story is genuinely horrifying, but there's also plenty of human-interest, analysis of the practicalities of the drugs trade, and even black comedy. All told by a man who was driven by a fierce desire to make a difference.

The narrator is good too.

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Crack gang

All in all a very good story and I really enjoyed listening to it all and most definitely would recommend this story to other people who enjoy stories like this and the narrator was brilliant.

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  • Nick
  • 29-07-17

This book is hot, steamy mess.

I gave up after 3 hours of listening. It's a bunch of micro-stories that barely follow the loose plot and jump around from minute to minute. It's very hard to follow along.

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  • Lisa YHZ
  • 28-06-15

Entertaining and enlightening

Fascinating glimpse into the fight by a few good cops against the ever-rising tide of drug merchants in a north London borough. The drug squad's success in the face of bureaucratic and institutional apathy, and downright ineptitude, is, I think, a testament to their dedication and the author's leadership... or at least that's how the story reads. I've queued up his next book "Baby X" to see where he goes from here. Damian Lynch is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators.

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  • S. Perry
  • 22-06-13

An Entertaining Story About a Disturbing Subject

What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

I think the narration of a book is critical to how much you enjoy it, and Damian Lynch did a fantastic job. His accent and tone gave this a gritty "cop" atmosphere that really matched well with the story. He was very easy to listen to, and gave the story credibility - I could easily believe that he was the major character telling the story; he should be commended for his performance.

Any additional comments?

This was a really entertaining audiobook. The story was very interesting - telling the tale of a police unit that shut down crack houses in a borough of London. The narration was excellent, and the story easily absorbing. The author easily conveyed the horrendous impact of crack - in terms of contributing to violent crime, and the human degradation. If I had one criticism it would be in the pace and lack of detail in how they went about identifying and crashing the houses; while there was good description about the houses and the overall story of shutting down the houses, the recounting of some of the raids seemed almost too easy - which clearly it wouldn't have been. But as an entertaining story, this was very enjoyable.