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'Gangster' is the critically acclaimed biography of John Gilligan, the biggest drugs trafficker to emerge from the Irish underworld. The book is an extraordinarily account of how a young Dubliner became a multi-millionaire criminal. It uses first-hand interviews with Gilligan, his thugs, friends, family, enemies, anti-drugs activists, members of the IRA and the police. It 'Gangster' is the critically acclaimed biography of John Gilligan, the biggest drugs trafficker to emerge from the Irish underworld. The book is an extraordinarily account of how a young Dubliner became a multi-millionaire criminal. It uses first-hand interviews with Gilligan, his thugs, friends, family, enemies, anti-drugs activists, members of the IRA and the police. It tells of violence, kidnapping, shootings, criminal espionage, drug dealing and how criminal gangs vied for power to control the Irish trade in drugs. Shocking, fascinating and frightening, 'Gangster' also tells the story behind the murder of Veronica Guerin, the crime reporter. Fully updated and revised with new photographs.


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'Gangster' is the critically acclaimed biography of John Gilligan, the biggest drugs trafficker to emerge from the Irish underworld. The book is an extraordinarily account of how a young Dubliner became a multi-millionaire criminal. It uses first-hand interviews with Gilligan, his thugs, friends, family, enemies, anti-drugs activists, members of the IRA and the police. It 'Gangster' is the critically acclaimed biography of John Gilligan, the biggest drugs trafficker to emerge from the Irish underworld. The book is an extraordinarily account of how a young Dubliner became a multi-millionaire criminal. It uses first-hand interviews with Gilligan, his thugs, friends, family, enemies, anti-drugs activists, members of the IRA and the police. It tells of violence, kidnapping, shootings, criminal espionage, drug dealing and how criminal gangs vied for power to control the Irish trade in drugs. Shocking, fascinating and frightening, 'Gangster' also tells the story behind the murder of Veronica Guerin, the crime reporter. Fully updated and revised with new photographs.

30 review for Gangster: The biography of international drug trafficker John Gilligan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Archit

    "He was no criminal mastermind, just the right fella in the right place at the right time." - Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty on Gilligan Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin's sudden and chilling murder brought the whole country on its backfoot. She was a brave lady who called a spade a spade and wasn't afraid from the people who tried again and again to silence her until the day they thought they succeeded, but it wasn't so. Her death brought the empire of international drug trafficking down. It "He was no criminal mastermind, just the right fella in the right place at the right time." - Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty on Gilligan Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin's sudden and chilling murder brought the whole country on its backfoot. She was a brave lady who called a spade a spade and wasn't afraid from the people who tried again and again to silence her until the day they thought they succeeded, but it wasn't so. Her death brought the empire of international drug trafficking down. It was a Domino's effect after that. Layers after layers of conspiracies and ugly crime started to erupt on the surface. Multiple people got behind the bars - only to be released and getting bails after bails. The book successfully highlights the mind and working of the gangster, Gilligan who shook the police department and the state from the very first moment. His custodial statements were so rigid that you get to understand very well what it would have been like for the investigators to interrogate him. The book is well researched and provides facts lucidly. It's frustrating how slowly and lethargically the justice system works in the world. This biography portrays that frustration and limitations of the judiciary very well. It was intriguing from the start because the author did not waste time and just came straight to the point. The narration was apt with a blend of sensationalization, curiosity and thirller. Even though we know what the ending is going to be, we are still hooked to know what's going on behind the cameras - what kind of grilling the criminal went through, how the police dealt with it all, specially how drug trafficking and money laundering happen and its greater and graver consequences. I got to understand much about how Ireland's judiciary works. Most of the places mentioned were new to me. Reading such biographies about organized crime and how criminals function, I find that there is a lot to learn from these people - believing in an idea until the end and perseverence to stick to it at any cost. Books like these also restore my faith in humanity that if wrongs are possible, then there is a room for the right and truth as well, as long as they aren't blurry. I have read various books from Maverick House Publication and they never stop surprising me. I believe that the book would be helpful for anyone looking to understand crime and its consequences - be it psychological, physical or financial. It will also motivate people to make their decisions wisely.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    Reading about Drug Traffickers coming from Ireland, that was completely new for me. Mostly we hear it about Mexico. But it is all over the world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    this is a horrible book very little of the book is about actual drug-smuggling exactly what I bought the book for .

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    Martin collins

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    geraldine durkin

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    Charlotte

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    CIARA NALLY

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    Shirley Lovett

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    Geraldine O'Connor

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    Riyam Sabi

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    Ness

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    kenneth smith

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