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Although this heading mainly covers the more notorious American gangsters, we also include books on Prohibition, Bank Robberies, Drug Markets and the British and European underworld.

A few examples of typical titles that have appeared in this category:

An example of the cover of one of our Organised Crime CollectionEdge:  RUN THE CAT ROADS. 
A True Story of Bank Robbers in the 30’s. viii+246pp+illustrated endpapers.  Nr Fine in d/w.  Dembner Books, New York. 1981.

The background to some amazing robberies, the characters and the chases down the “cat roads” which they used for their escapes. One attempt to free a prisoner resulted in a shocking mass murder in Kansas City and in another robbery an Oklahoman oilman was held for a $200,000 ransom. The story of the Depression when criminals became heroes and one robber’s irate mother declared “Hell sheriff, bank robbin’ ain’t hardly no crime at all!”  Includes Index.

An example of the cover of one of our Organised Crime CollectionQuimby:  THE DEVIL’S EMISSARIES. 
303pp+illus. VG in slightly worn d/w. A. & S. Barnes, N.J. 1969.

Stories of some notorious criminals who have become legends, whilst their victims are long forgotten.  Includes the careers of Ma Barker; Bonnie & Clyde; Pretty Boy Floyd;  Machine Gun Kelly; Alvin Karpis, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Covers their early lives, crimes and fate as well as stories of the law officers faced with bringing them to justice.


An example of the cover of one of our Organised Crime CollectionToland:  THE DILLINGER DAYS. 
x+371pp+illus.  VG in slightly worn d/w. Random House, New York. 1963.

The classic book covering the incredible thirteen months during the 1930s when Dillinger and his contemporaries such as Bonnie & Clyde, Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd terrorised America.  A detailed account of Dillinger’s short but significant career, his daring escapes and countless bank robberies – eluding lawmen through half a dozen states only to die on a Chicago sidewalk.  Includes 16 pages of photographs and Index. 

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