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In July 1964, the Sunday Mirror ran a front-page story headlined: Peer and a Gangster: Yard Enquiry. While withholding the names of the principal subjects, the newspaper reported that the Metropolitan Police had ordered an investigation into an alleged homosexual relationship between ‘a household name’ from the House of Lords and a leading London underworld figure. Bob Boothby was the Conservative lord in question and Ronnie Kray the gangster. 

The story threatened a scandal more explosive than that of the previous year’s Profumo affair, which had brought an end to Macmillan’s premiership. So began one of the most extraordinary cover-ups in British history - a rapid rearguard action involving eminent figures from the political firmament (including the then prime minister and home secretary), the Security Service, the Metropolitan Police, the legal profession and the media. Within a couple of weeks the story had been killed off. Now, for the first time, the full saga of the cover-up - and its far-reaching consequences - can be revealed.

©2020 Dan Smith (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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Plus ca change...

It would be hard to believe that people got away with what they got away with in the 1960 s, but for the fact that nothing has changed.
A measured and reasonable account of events, that still manages to be staggering.

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Ok, but.........

I enjoyed this book but.......
- please pronounce the character’s names properly. Too many examples of things like, ‘Abs’ instead of ‘(Leo) Abse’ etc. It was very distracting.
- the corruption and ‘old boy network’ was central to the story then and now. Sadly it was overtaken by the homosexuality aspect with the same thing repeated. It was important and thank heaven we’ve come a long way but too much repetition of he same information.
- too much back and forth from one time and another. For me, a straight forwards linear chronology would have had more impact.
As I said, as a child of the 50s, I remember the players in the news and on TV so enjoyed it but it lacked the depth of the fictional G F Newman’s ‘The Corrupted’.

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Great book

Excellant book, going back to recent policak history and crime.Great listen without doubt.
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Give it a chance - you have to work at it

This is not an audible book you can half listen to; to be honest it may work better in print. That said I learnt a lot about the people we are supposed to look up to in society - MPs, peers, police, newspapers. The sad thing is nothing has really changed. There are still scandles going on, things are covered up, crimes are committed and brushed under the carpet. I do believe, however, that with the advent of social media, many crimes cannot be hidden so easily.

The fact that the LGTBQ+ community is now out and proud, means that a lot more people are living a much better life than when this book was set. The infamous closet was the cause of many of these horrible crimes - murder, blackmail, rape.

I learnt a lot about the Krays that the films want to ignore - and yet they lived under a shield of protection created by the establishment. The establishment should hang their heads in shame... but they never will; they will always justify their actions.

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Brilliant

This is the best book I have downloaded on Audible. It is factual and riveting. The stories we all heard are there but also the background as to how the whole sordid mess was achieved. Don’t miss the Epilogue it is good.