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  • Published: 7 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969998
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

The Underworld Captain

From Gangland Goodfella To Army Officer




An explosive account of a soldier's secret involvement in Glasgow's violent gangland

Alexander Shannon escaped a shady past to enjoy a glittering career in the army, only to end up back in the thick of criminal activity.

Shannon's time as a soldier saw him posted to the Falklands, Northern Ireland and war-torn Bosnia. The rigours of army life took their toll and he found himself drawn into a series of ruthless gang wars. He used the skills he'd learned in the forces to hide weapons, work for drugs racketeers and plot a massacre, and he was offered a fortune to work as a Mafia-style contract assassin.

He was questioned over brutal killings and accused of a triple murder attempt, yet his dedication and determination to succeed in the army brought him accolades and a series of promotions. In The Underworld Captain, Shannon explains how he managed to combine a successful army career with dangerous gangland dealings for so long and how he finally broke free for good.

  • Pub date: 7 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969998
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Authors

Alexander Shannon

Captain Alexander Shannon has been a member of HM Armed Forces since 1983. He has risen through the ranks to become a captain and currently works as a Permanent Staff Administration Officer. David Leslie is the author of the bestselling Crimelord, about Tam McGraw, as well as The Happy Dust Gang, Mummy, Take Me Home, The Hate Factory and The Gangster's Wife.

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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