the 1960s Charlie Richardson's "manor" was a profitable
empire stretching from South London scrapyards and West End
drinking clubs to mining in South Africa. Then, on the brink of
the most lucrative deal of his career, Richardson was arrested.
After a trial where the press labelled him the "torture gang
boss", he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. This
autobiography begins with his humble childhood and start in crime
- stealing, escape form reform school, discharge from the army,
his brushes with the Mafia and the Kray Twins and about the years
when he was known as the hardest man in London.