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  • Published: 18 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781907195532
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The Gangster's Wife

An Empire Built on Cards


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The revealing story of Margaret McGraw and her life with gangster Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw

For almost four decades, Margaret 'Mags' McGraw was a keeper of secrets. Her husband, Tam, the notorious 'Licensee', amassed a fortune by leading a safe-cracking gang before masterminding a spectacular £50-million drugs racket.

Mags was a devotee of Tarot cards and fortune telling, so when Tam and his associates wondered whether luck would be with them, it was to her that they turned. But Mags discovered that the cards gave signs that warned of much more than years in prison cells: they predicted death. Not only did she live with the awful knowledge that her friends would perish violently, but her cards also foretold when they would die.

Furthermore, she learned that her own husband was also doomed to a fate that was unexpected by everyone but her. Tam died in the arms of the wife he called his 'rock' while her secret lover frantically tried to save him.

In The Gangster's Wife, Mags reveals her gripping life story, from being a London clippie through often hilarious days running an ice-cream van during the infamous Glasgow Ice Cream Wars to managing a notorious bar, being agony aunt to the toughest criminals around, hiding a secret love and sharing a life with The Licensee.

  • Pub date: 18 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781907195532
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

David Leslie

David Leslie worked for the News of the World for over four decades before retiring and is now a freelance journalist and true-crime author.

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