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One Of The Family
About the book
  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446457313
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

One Of The Family




The inside story of the first Englishman to be accepted by leading crime families in America

John Pearson's The Profession of Violence created the myth of the Kray twins, and remains a classic of True Crime, the best book ever written on East London villains and a book that started a mini publishing industry. Pearson knows the London crime scene as well as anyone, which is why he was surprised while attending Ronnie Kray's funeral to see a man to whom all the other villains deferred, but whom he didn't recognize. Investigation revealed that this man, the Englishman, never mentioned in any of the previous books on villainy because everyone was too scared to mention his name, was as legendary a figure on the streets of New York as on the streets of London. Pearson persuaded him to talk to him - and the result was a story even more extraordinary than that of the Krays. He became the adopted son of Joey Pagano, the head of one of the major New York crime families. Here the Englishman tells the story that no-one else dared to tell.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446457313
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

John Pearson

John Pearson graduated from Peterhouse Cambridge with a double first in History, then worked on the Economist Intelligence Unit and as a BBC trainee producer before being offered a job by Ian Fleming as his assistant on the 'Atticus' column for the Sunday Times. Pearson is the author of - among others - the only authorised biography of Ian Fleming, as well as bestselling The Profession of Violence. He lives in London and West Sussex

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