Crimelord: The Licensee: The True Story of Tam McGraw by David Leslie

Crimelord: The Licensee: The True Story of Tam McGraw

David Leslie
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  • ISBN
    9781845961664 / 1845961668
  • Title Crimelord: The Licensee: The True Story of Tam McGraw
  • Author David Leslie
  • Category Organized Crime
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 239
  • Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing Company
  • Imprint Mainstream Publishing
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 139mm x 16mm x 201mm

Annotation

When hash started to flood into Scotland from the late 1980s onwards, suspicion centred on Tam McGraw, leader of the Infamous Barlanark Team. After a two-year surveillance operation, police discovered the drug had been hidden in buses carrying young footballers and deprived Glasgow families on free holidays abroad in a scam worth over 40 million. Police claimed McGraw was the mastermind, but in 1998 a jury declared him innocent while other suspects were jailed. As McGraw refuses to discuss his life publicly, his remarkable tale is told through friends, fellow crooks, and the occasional rival. It is an outrageous, often hilarious, true gangster story.

Publisher Description

“Crimelord” is the gripping life story of elusive multimillionaire gangster Tam McGraw. A notorious criminal kingpin, McGraw has risen from extreme poverty in the East End of Glasgow to become one of Scotland's wealthiest men. When hash started to flood into Scotland from the late 1980s onwards, suspicion centred on McGraw, leader of the infamous Barlanark Team. After a two-year surveillance operation, police discovered the drug had been hidden in buses carrying young footballers and deprived Glasgow families on free holidays abroad. It was a scam reminiscent of the movie “The Italian Job”, only this time Scots kids had been sitting on hash worth over GBP40 million. Police claimed McGraw was the financier and mastermind but in 1998 a jury declared him innocent while other suspects were jailed. As McGraw refuses to discuss his life publicly, his remarkable tale is told through friends, fellow crooks and the occasional rival. It is an outrageous, often hilarious, true gangster story.

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“Thrilling” News of the World

Author Biography

David Leslie has worked for the News of the World since 1970. Since then, he has covered scores of major stories, including the tragedies of Zeebrugge, Piper Alpha, Lockerbie and Dunblane. He has been based in Glasgow since 1994, concentrating on crime and major investigations.

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