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Duncan Campbell is a senior correspondent with the Guardian, where he has worked as the paper's crime correspondent and Los Angeles correspondent. He has written five non-fiction books. He has previously worked for Time Out and contributed to OZ, IT and The Rising Nepal. He is married to Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. A gangland thriller with heart. A veteran East End criminal is murdered and a Russian flees. All very nice but the twists make this intelligent tale sometimes very different. It centres around a crime reporter and contains a wonderful pub quiz and all sorts of red herrings. A gently paced intelligent read, an endearing style and lots of humour and amusing dialogue make for a fun read. I enjoyed his first too, The Paradise Trail. Comparison: Jake Arnott, Patrick Quinlan, Allan Guthrie.
Live on the wrong side of the law with Britain's gangsters, godfathers, robbers, informers, kingpins, vice lords and career criminals ***The Sunday Times Bestseller *** With stories of murder, theft, fraud and treachery, The Underworld is a deep-dive into the history of professional and organised crime in Britain. From the racetrack gangs and the smash-and-grab merchants, through the Soho vice bosses and the Kray twins, to the Great Train Robbers, the Hatton Garden burglars and the new wave of international hit-men and drug and sex traffickers, Duncan Campbell exposes the dark underbelly of Britain. A unique perspective - told by the criminals themselves and the detective who pursued them - this is a definitive history from the very beginning to the present day.
'If it bleeds, it leads' - this maxim is as true now as it was 300 years ago. Crime is the staple of the news, and our appetite for these dark and dangerous stories shows no sign of abating.; In this colourful history of the wild world of crime reporting since 1700, Duncan Campbell reveals what it's really like to deal with murderers, gangsters, robbers, cat burglars, victims, informers and detectives, looking at the 'hacks in the macs' and the 'Murder Gang' who would go to any lengths to get a story - and serve it up to an ever-eager reading public.; It is not a grim beat; the phrase 'gallows humour' did not come from nowhere. All of human emotion is here: hate, love, greed, desire, fear, jealousy, anger, revenge, redemption, compassion. Crime is a prism through which we see society and its phobias. As the relationships between the press, public, police and criminals are now being questioned as never before, We'll All Be Murdered in Our Beds! tells the compelling, sometimes scandalous tale of the stories and storytellers that have entertained, shocked and appalled us - and will continue to do so.