The Hustlers: Gambling, Greed and the Perfect Con

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 28, 2012 - True Crime - 288 pages

Invitations to John Aspinall and John Burke's illegal gambling parties were the most sought after in 1950s London - only the wealthy and well-connected were allowed past their door. When the police finally arrested them, Aspinall and Burke challenged the law - and won. As a result gambling was legalised. Which interested crime boss Billy Hill and his lieutenant Bobby McKew, because suddenly clubs sprang up everywhere and Billy had a foolproof way of fixing the cards. He also had his eye on the ultimate prize, Aspinall's exclusive new club, The Clermont...

Revealing for the first time how Aspinall and Hill plotted to steal a fortune, based on testimony from Burke and McKew, The Hustlers is a riotous journey back to 50s and 60s London. With a cast of characters that ranges from safecracker Eddie Chapman to the reckless Earl of Derby, from croupier Louis the Rat to unlucky Lord Lucan, it vividly recreates the exploits of the gamblers and gangsters whose lives collided in the clubs and pubs of Mayfair.

'a fascinating glimpse into a bygone world . . . when chemmy parties took London by storm and toffs were often found to be rubbing shoulders with gangsters' Daily Express

 

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Contents

The Edge of Wonderland
1
THE PLAYERS
11
PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED
29
DUCKING AND DIVING
44
GAME PIE GEMS AND GREYHOUNDS
64
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
86
THE LONG LEGS OF THE LAW
98
LOADSAMONEY
104
MASTERMIND
118
LA DOLCE VITA
137
MAKING A MINT
151
CLICKETYCLICK
168
THE RETURN OF BRUCE
216
Bibliography
247
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Douglas Thompson is the bestselling author of more than twenty books. A biographer, broadcaster and international journalist, he is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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