The Who's Who of British Crime: In the Twentieth Century by Jim Morris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Short entries, as befits a Who's Who, with length seemingly determined not so much by notoriety or impact as how easily available the source text was. The writing style is variable, indicating a slapdash approach or weak editing of a manuscript collated over an extended period of time, and there are numerous lapses in both language and viewpoint-- Morris strays regularly from a factual detail to engage in philosophical moralising of the man-at-the-end-of-the-bar variety.
Handy as a quick flick-through book in support of other, meatier texts, but not an essential part of any bookshelf by a long way.
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