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No Handcuffs

The Final Word on My War with The Krays
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Eddie Richardson is the last brand-name gangster. Say the name and the world of violent criminality grabs you by the throat.

The Richardson brothers, Eddie and Charlie, and their infamous 'Torture Gang', made money while their rivals Ronnie and Reggie Kray made fatal mischief. They fought each other, but now, in 2018, Eddie Richardson says, 'They tell me blood is thicker than water, but with Charlie it wasn't so. He was evil.'

With his brother dead, Eddie Richardson feels free to detail the story of a vicious family feud that provoked extravagant acrimony. No Handcuffs unravels the mysteries of decades of crime and political incident. The story of a turbulent era, it rivals the most imaginative fiction in its portrayal of gangland life with all its chanciness and rawness and careless disregard for any obstacle on the way to its target: the big money.

In an inspired collaboration with best-selling author Douglas Thompson, the mature Eddie Richardson is given a voice to reflect on his journey from the scrapyards of South London to the glitz and glamour of the West End nightclubs, to the flesh and tease of Soho, down Downing Street and through the door of Number 10 to the perils of espionage and international intrigue, and his elevation to demigod status in hard-men territory - and finally as a high-security inmate at Her Majesty's pleasure, but with a personal fridge kept well stocked with gourmet food. 

No Handcuffs resonates today for, if anything, greed and corruption are more perverse, more rampant. As Eddie Richardson points out, 'We wrote the handbook for them.'

©2019 Eddie Richardson (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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pure class

loved it eddie Richardson has just gained a fan cracking book from start to finish and the audio from eddie himself at the end tops off a belta book

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Surprised to find out I liked Eddie Richardson

I enjoyed listening to the life story of one of the twentieth centuries most famous gangsters. I thought Eddie Richardson was intelligent and, although not spelled out in this book, would have been a fearsome enemy if you got on the wrong side of him. I discovered he was a man of many talents. I think he has obviously mellowed with age and would be a great dinner guest!

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Inside the myths

Really good insight into 60's London and the prison system in general. Good read Eddie

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Most enlightening.

Thought this account good especially for the likes off me it's a different world now read a lot of crime books had a friend who lived near the Kraus excellent thanks

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Amazing

An absolutely amazing book, it written by a legend of his time, could listen always

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Superb

What a truly fascinating story, was a whim purchase and probably one of the best (out of the Circa 80) I’ve listened to on Audible,

Crime fans will love it, people live very different lives to Joe Public, Eddie does not glamorise crime but tells it’s true tail

Outstanding

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Better than expected!

Easy listen from start to finish, seemed like a really nice guy!
Wouldn't take any liberties with him though! :)

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Dull

Very boring story of how hard this criminal was in the 60s. Don’t waste your time.

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Could have been better

The book got a bit distracted by other gangsters/ events of the era.
Would have been better if it focussed solely on the Richardson’s, a more successful family who kept a lower profile and who we know less about.

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pausing issue

kept pausing made it very annoying to listen to but the story was good and interesting so I put up with it.

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  • 30-05-19

A remarkable life, sharply told and read

Eddie Richardson is quite a guy, and still as sharp and full of vinegar as a man could ask for. I suppose folks may find plenty to recoil from here, though Eddie is ever-present to smooth the story and offer myriad rationalizations. But to his credit, he is plenty factual too. I have heard many a tale from the denizens of the South and East Ends, especially once they perceived (as their American cousins had) that any shred of organized crime background could be cashed in on in our media-gluttonous world, and pumped up to cartoon proportions. That surely happened with the Kray brothers, and I find a ring of realism to the descriptions here. There is a credibility to the facts laid out here, and to the portraits of people, famous, infamous and obscure. This Eddie Richardson's life was a true roller coaster ride, though he was one of the more astute and careful (that being a VERY relative term: note the many years behind bars in serious lock-downs) among this sort of crowd. Hence his longevity, as we see one after another of his fellows and adversaries misstep and fall by the wayside. Many deeper insights are here, such as the yin and yang of criminal fame (which Eddie likes the upsides of, while bewailing the downsides to no end, perhaps not seeing this symmetry).

The narration is absolutely top drawer. This Karl Jenkinson has matured to read lines with great timing, just beautiful, etched into sharp phrases. His inflection has strong resemblance to two voices I favor: the first is actor Jason Statham, who came into prominence with Guy Ritchie's incredible films of this very sort of folks (I especially like Snatch and Rock N Rolla), which caught my interest in this whole scene and history to start with. Second is very prominent as a reader here at audible, Ralph Lister.

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