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Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun: The Autobiography of a Career Criminal

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Brutal and violent, this tell-all is a personal account of the life of Razor Smith and the world in which he lived, where ruthlessness, viciousness, and savagery are prized and admired. In prison more than half of his life for assaults and armed robberies, Smith became confined in a peculiar kind of hell from which his only route of escape was to master the art of writing. ...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published July 28th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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Johnny Arrow
Feb 17, 2014 Johnny Arrow rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Couldnt put it down. It has this brilliant mix of Cockney slang and London/underworld dialect with well-written English. The stories were funny and poignant and rang true and honest. I was well and truly enchanted! I have already ordered two more of his books and can't wait to dive in.
Mar 10, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
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The author, with dozens of criminal convictions and serving a life sentence, details his life of crime. He’s an excellent writer, and has a lot of interesting things to say about the British penal system. Although he did commit a few quite brutal acts, in general he considers himself one of the last of the “noble” kinds of crook: he never mugged a citizen or broke into a house, just fought with gangs and robbed banks. He’s willing to accept a lot of responsibility for what his life became, thoug ...more
Laura Allen
Feb 18, 2015 Laura Allen rated it it was amazing
This was really eye-opening. Not my usual read but was bought for me as a present and I couldn't put it down.
Mar 01, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Incredible. A true story that seems to mix a few of my very favorite books (Education of a Felon and Borstal Boy) and sets it against the true story of the Clash's "Last Gang in Town". Razor Smith was born a poor Irish kid to FOB parents in London in 1960, and in the 70s formed his own rockabilly gang, the Balham Wildkatz, to fight groups of punks, skins, and mods. Already an armed robber by the time he was fifteen, the author graduated to becoming a serial bank robber. If I was trying to write ...more
I'm *still* reading this book. I'm still enjoying it. It's a harsh read, but very very good.

Full disclosure - I work for the company that published this book - but it doesn't affect my review. I won't give a good review (or finish, really. Life's too short...) to anything I don't like.
Feb 20, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Razor Smith was an old time Robber, who didn't initially use guns. He accepted the time for his crimes and even tried to turn over a new leaf. However, his last time effort cost him more than he bargained for.
Sep 21, 2007 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bit too many pages on all the crime. the last chapter was great when he finally spoke to his regrets and feelings surrounding the life he led.
Tracey  Wilde
Feb 06, 2012 Tracey Wilde rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating especially as I read the second book by Razor first. I could see how he'd got to the point of the second book.
Aug 28, 2011 Ferien_uk rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, Razor's a great writer and gives a very honest account of life as a career criminal.
Jem Wilton
Jun 11, 2013 Jem Wilton rated it liked it
As you thought it might be... Admonishment at the end
Clair Cunningham
awful, gave up on about page 60!
Ben Mackie
Jun 13, 2012 Ben Mackie is currently reading it
I love the title.
Gerald Conway
Jun 07, 2013 Gerald Conway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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