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Over the years, both inside and out (though mainly in) he met and associated with many armed robbers, and in Raiders he tells their amazing stories. Like Big Bad Bob, the Scotsman who raided bureaux de change 'armed' only with a water-pistol; Steve the Saint, who risked the best relationship of his life on one last big one in the West End and ended up getting a life sentence; and the members of the Little Firm who terrorized south London till their addictions got the better of them.
The heyday of the armed bank robber may have passed as security has become all but watertight and sentences draconian. But there are some still prepared to risk it, for the thrills as well as the money. But be warned: if you are stupid enough to take up bank robbery as a career, you will be going to prison. It's odds on. Just read this book.