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Dirty Cash by David Southwell
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Feb 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: organized-crime
Read in August, 2012

This mass-market paperback reads like a collection of magazine articles. Some chapters and subsections are really good and others are disappointing. There is a fair amount of original content included. The section of the Bulgarian crime syndicates is especially interesting. Based on the novelty of some sources this would be an exceptional little book. However, there are noticeable problems.

Having read many books on organized crime, I am familiar with the genre and historical points, especially with regards to English (American) publications. In assessing the book by its content in this area, it fairs poorly. Not only are there misspellings of organizations and people; but there are some bizarre claims such as the Ku Klux Klan and IRA were involved in narcotics trafficking. This might be easier to accept if there were references; but there are no references or even a bibliography. It is impossible to replicate many of the author's findings.

Further along, the author attempts to systematically describe organized crime groups around the world; but barely touches on traditional American syndicates. Instead he touches upon a handful urban street gangs and gives only bare generalizations. He replicates this format with regards to the United Kingdom, although he gives vague references to syndicates pulling the strings. At one point the author apologizes for not giving any proper names; but says this is due to legal requirements from the publisher. There is some question to this line as there is plenty media coverage of various crime syndicates in the UK and beyond. Had he done his referencing, the issue would be moot and he could be cryptic and vague with more specific areas such as the group in Newcastle.

However, thorough the research might be in regards to Bulgaria, Newcastle, or elsewhere, the entire book is sullied my the sloppy reporting on better-known groups. The errors and sloppiness are bound to extend into the other areas as well.

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