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Krejcir - Business As Usual (Paperback): Angelique Serrao Krejcir - Business As Usual (Paperback)
Angelique Serrao 6
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) In stock

Just who is Radovan Krejcir? Known as “Baas John” to his underlings, he arrived in South Africa in 2007 under a false passport. He was a fugitive, a powerful Czech multimillionaire, who escaped from prison on fraud charges and fled to the good life in the Seychelles. But a bid by the Czech Republic to have him extradited saw Krejcir coming to South Africa. He was arrested at the airport, but an alleged bribe kept him in the country. Within a few years Krejcir had amassed great wealth and his name began being associated with underworld gang members such as Cyril Beeka and Lolly Jackson. It was the murder of Lolly Jackson that brought Krejcir’s name into the limelight and revealed his dealing with crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and small time criminal George Louka.

Over the next three years 10 more deaths took place, each one more dramatic than the next. He was also the victim of a bizarre James Bond style shoot out. His business Moneypoint exploded when a bomb left inside a bag blew up, killing two associates. Soon afterward Krejcir was arrested, but in true Krejcir fashion even a jail cell could not hold him down. Police foiled a plan to murder top cop Colonel Nkosana Ximba and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan and to stop numerous escape attempts.

He has been found guilty and sentenced for kidnapping, attempted murder and attempted drug possession. He also faces charges for the murder of Sam Issa, the conspiracy to murder investigators and the murder of Phumlani Ncube, a hit man-turned informant. But Krejcir reveals why we have not heard the last of the worst crime boss South Africa has ever seen.

The Street - Exposing A World Of Cops, Bribes And Drug Dealers (Paperback): Paul McNally The Street - Exposing A World Of Cops, Bribes And Drug Dealers (Paperback)
Paul McNally
R285 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R40 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

There are no villains here. Award-winning journalist Paul McNally finds corrupt cops, drug dealers, vigilante residents, addicts, torturers, murderers and cops partnered with drug dealers. But no villains.

Raymond is a shop owner on Ontdekkers Road, in Johannesburg, who takes a baseball bat to the dealers when they break his rules. He systematically records in his notebook the police officers who come – all day, every day – to collect their bribe money from the dealers, and is looking for someone to trust. Khaba is a middle-aged police officer who wants a quiet life but whose demons will not leave him in peace. He is trying to regain his trust in what he once regarded as an honourable profession. Wendy is a petite, ageing police reservist who can handle an R5 rifle with confidence, but not the sadness that accompanies her in her daily life – the loss of her police officer husband, brutally murdered by a drug lord, and the addiction that has her adult son in its grip. She is looking for respect and affirmation and for her own life to have meaning.

Through different paths, the lives of Raymond, Khaba and Wendy intersect on the street as their attention is focused on the current power couple – a drug dealer named Obi and Lerato, a police officer. Seemingly untouchable, Obi and Lerato terrorise Ontdekkers, and in the process upset the balance of this already lawless world.

The Dirty Game - Uncovering The Scandal At FIFA (Paperback): Andrew Jennings The Dirty Game - Uncovering The Scandal At FIFA (Paperback)
Andrew Jennings 2
R250 R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Save R133 (53%) In stock

In The Dirty Game, investigative reporter and BBC Panorama presenter Andrew Jennings, who has been heralded around the world for his decade-long pursuit of this story, uncovers the eye-watering level of fraud and criminal activity at the heart of FIFA, which has been described as the biggest sporting scandal of the century.

From Blatter to Blazer, from bribery to embezzlement, Jennings reveals the key protagonists, crimes and evidence he handed to the FBI which led to the arrests of FIFA executive and the resignation of Sepp Blatter.

Written in a gripping narrative, and based on years of research and never-before-seen documents, this is the definitive portrait of the downfall of FIFA, and the men who stole football.

The Kebble Collusion - 10 Fateful Days In A R26 Billion Fraud (Paperback): Barry Sergeant The Kebble Collusion - 10 Fateful Days In A R26 Billion Fraud (Paperback)
Barry Sergeant
R240 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R18 (7%) In stock

This is the story of the world’s biggest unprosecuted fraud. A fraud that in today’s terms amounts to R26 billion.

The cast is stellar: top financial institutions, leading bankers, a world where every other player is a lawyer, a world where Brett Kebble was king. This is a world of outright denial and selective amnesia, of complex financial transactions designed to confuse, obfuscate and hide the spoils. This is a world of dirty dealings across the upper strata of the socio-political system.

Barry Sergeant, hard-hitting, bestselling author of Brett Kebble: The Inside Story, now tackles the murky world of shady financial dealings, post the Kebble murder. A frightening world, where whistle-blowers have to watch their backs. A world where so many major players are involved to such an extent that none of them can afford the cost of the truth. This is a major work that relies on painstaking details and many years of preparation. It is ultimately about unravelling one of the world’s biggest cover-ups.

The Big Heist - The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder (Hardcover): Anthony M Destefano The Big Heist - The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder (Hardcover)
Anthony M Destefano
R438 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R105 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Lolly Jackson - When Fantasy Becomes Reality (Paperback, New): Sean Newman, Karyn Maughan, Peter Piegl Lolly Jackson - When Fantasy Becomes Reality (Paperback, New)
Sean Newman, Karyn Maughan, Peter Piegl
R225 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R17 (8%) In stock

The Lolly Jackson murder case - a mix of elements that has grabbed the public's imagination. Fast cars, fast money, murder, revenge, missing millions and smashed up Teazers clubs. With kilometres of newspaper headlines and a body count growing by the week, the insatiably curious public is still no closer to the truth. Amidst the confusing reports, money laundering on a grand scale, SARS investigations and the mafia-like killings, Jacana Media brings you the inside story in a book entitled: Lolly Jackson: When fantasy becomes reality. The book opens on the night of Lolly's murder and is a personal, inside track into the reality of Lolly's private and business lives, as never before made public. Intimate and detailed, it provides the reader with a fascinating view of a previously only imagined world.

American Kingpin - The Epic Hunt for the Criminal MasterMind Behind the Silk Road (Hardcover): Nick Bilton American Kingpin - The Epic Hunt for the Criminal MasterMind Behind the Silk Road (Hardcover)
Nick Bilton
R470 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R115 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Rainbow Vice - The Markets for Drugs and Sex in the New South Africa (Paperback): Ted Leggett Rainbow Vice - The Markets for Drugs and Sex in the New South Africa (Paperback)
Ted Leggett
R180 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R25 (14%) In stock

An account of the illicit drug trade and sex industry which shows how post-apartheid South Africa has been drawn closely into the global market for drugs, while continuing to exhibit its own peculiarities. Included is a discussion of official policy towards vice and suggestions for effective control measures.

The Pretender - My Life Undercover for the FBI (Hardcover): Marc Ruskin The Pretender - My Life Undercover for the FBI (Hardcover)
Marc Ruskin
R482 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Black Hand - The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History (Hardcover):... The Black Hand - The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History (Hardcover)
Stephan Talty
R481 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Killing Goldfinger - The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One (Hardcover): Wensley... Killing Goldfinger - The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One (Hardcover)
Wensley Clarkson 1
R391 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R68 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

KILLING GOLDFINGER charts the extraordinary rise and spectacular bullet-riddled fall of John Palmer, the richest, most powerful criminal ever to have emerged from the modern British underworld. During the late 1990s, Palmer was rated as rich as The Queen by the Sunday Times Rich List. Palmer earned his nickname Goldfinger after smelting (in his back garden) tens of millions of pounds worth of stolen gold bullion from the 20th century's most lucrative heist; the Brink's-Mat robbery. Palmer then used his share of the millions to become the vicious overlord of a vast illegal timeshare property empire in Tenerife. At the same time, Goldfinger financed huge international drugs shipments as well as some of the most notorious UK robberies of the past 30 years, including the GBP50m Securitas heist in Kent in 2006 and, many believe, the Hatton Garden heist in 2015. Palmer vowed to hunt down all his underworld enemies. But in the end it was those same criminals who decided to bring his life to an end. Murdered in June 2015, with charges of fraud, money laundering and worse pending, this book tells his murky story for the first time. As outrageous and bullet-riddled as the hit Netflix series Narcos, Killing Goldfinger tells the true story of Britain's underworld kingpin, who turned the sunshine holiday island of Tenerife into his very own Crime Incorporated and then paid the ultimate price.

Confessions of a Wall Street Insider - A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters (Hardcover): Michael Kimelman Confessions of a Wall Street Insider - A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters (Hardcover)
Michael Kimelman
R466 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R115 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Although he was a suburban husband and father, living a far different life than the "Wolf of Wall Street," Michael Kimelman had a good run as the cofounder of a hedge fund. He had left a cushy yet suffocating job at a law firm to try his hand at the high-risk life of a proprietary trader -- and he did pretty well for himself. But it all came crashing down in the wee hours of November 5, 2009, when the Feds came to his door--almost taking the door off its hinges. While his wife and children were sequestered to a bedroom, Kimelman was marched off in embarrassment in view of his neighbors and TV crews who had been alerted in advance. He was arrested as part of a huge insider trading case, and while he was offered a "sweetheart" no-jail probation plea, he refused, maintaining his innocence. The lion's share of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider was written while Kimelman was an inmate at Lewisburg Penitentiary. In nearly two years behind bars, he reflected on his experiences before incarceration--rubbing elbows and throwing back far too many cocktails with financial titans and major figures in sports and entertainment (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan, to drop a few names); making and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in daily gambles on the Street; getting involved with the wrong people, who eventually turned on him; realizing that none of that mattered in the end. As he writes: "Stripped of family, friends, time, and humanity, if there's ever a place to give one pause, it's prison ...Tomorrow is promised to no one." In Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, he reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles, and how, in the end, it just might have made him a better person. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Kingpin - Prisoner of the War on Drugs (Hardcover): Richard Stratton Kingpin - Prisoner of the War on Drugs (Hardcover)
Richard Stratton
R448 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R110 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Mafia Life - Love, Death And Money At The Heart Of Organised Crime (Paperback): Federico Varese Mafia Life - Love, Death And Money At The Heart Of Organised Crime (Paperback)
Federico Varese
R345 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R69 (20%) Within 6 - 13 working days

The Japanese Yakuza. The Chinese Triads. The Sicilian Cosa Nostra. The Calabrian N'Drangheta. The New York Mafia. The Russian Vory -v -Vakone. Today, mafias operate across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of members and billions of pounds in revenue. From Hong Kong to New York, these vast organisations spread their tentacles into politics, finance and everyday life. But what is it like to belong to the Mafia? How do you join? What does it do to your loved ones? How do you make it to the top? And what happens if you break the rules? Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime's research to give us access to some of the world's most secretive societies. Mixing reportage with case studies and historical insights, this is the story of mafia as it really is: filled with boredom and drama, death and disaster, ambition and betrayal. Infiltrating initiation ceremonies from Russia to England, visiting exclusive gambling clubs in Macau and Mafia summits in Dubai luxury hotels, Varese builds up a unique picture of life in the mafia from the inside.

Scores - How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became... Scores - How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History (Hardcover)
Michael D Blutrich
R465 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R115 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A gay man who created New York's most notorious den of heterosexuality ...an anxious, anything-but-hardboiled lawyer who became one of the most successful undercover mob informants in history...In this hilarious and fascinating account, Michael Blutrich takes you inside star-studded 1990s New York, mafia sit-downs, and the witness protection program. Meet Michael D. Blutrich, founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York history. A resourceful lawyer at one of the city's most respected firms, Blutrich fell into the skin trade almost by accident, but it was his legal savvy that made Scores the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dances and enabled him to neatly sidestep a law requiring dancers to wear pasties by instead covering their nipples with latex paint. Soon Scores, the club Howard Stern called "like being in a candy shop," was a home away from home for everyone from sports superstars and Oscar-winning actors to pop singers and political notables alike. The catch? The club was smack dab in John Gotti's territory, and the mafia wanted a piece of the action. The Gambino family doesn't take no for an answer ...and neither, as it turns out, does the FBI. In his memoir, Blutrich recounts in detail how his beloved club became a hub for the mafia, and how he found himself caught up in an FBI investigation, sorely struggling to juggle roles of business owner and undercover spy. As his life spiraled out of control, Blutrich would face the loss of almost everything dear to him. But whether marching a line of topless strippers as human exhibits into a trial to save the club's liquor license or wearing wires to meetings with armed gangsters, he never lost his sense of humor or his nerve. In Scores, Blutrich finally tells all--from triumph to betrayal--in his own funny, self-deprecating voice.

Blue on Blue - An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops (Hardcover): Charles Campisi Blue on Blue - An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops (Hardcover)
Charles Campisi; As told to Gordon Dillow
R484 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster - The Tony Spilotro Story Through a Hitman's Eyes (Paperback): Dennis... The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster - The Tony Spilotro Story Through a Hitman's Eyes (Paperback)
Dennis Griffin
R242 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R37 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days
The Last Gang in Town - The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang (Paperback): Aaron Chapman The Last Gang in Town - The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang (Paperback)
Aaron Chapman
R431 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R105 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Cocaina - A Book on Those Who Make It (Paperback): Magnus Linton Cocaina - A Book on Those Who Make It (Paperback)
Magnus Linton; Translated by John Eason
R292 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R45 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

When Pablo Escobar, Colombia's "King of Cocaine," was killed, the world thought--or hoped--the cocaine industry would crumble. But ten years later the country's production had almost quadrupled, and since 2001, Colombia has produced more than 60% of all the cocaine consumed in the world.
Cocaine is both a curse and a salvation for Colombians. Farmers grow coca for cash but fear discovery. Families must cooperate with drug-funded guerrillas or go on the run. Destitute teens become trained killers for a quick buck in a ruthless underworld where few survive for long.
At the same time, tension grows between Colombia's right-wing government and its socialist neighbors in Latin America. With the failed US War on Drugs playing into this geopolitical brew, the future of cocaine is about more than what happens to street dealers and their customers.
Based on three years of research and more than 100 interviews with growers, traffickers, assassins, refugees, police, politicians, and drug tourists, Cocaina is a brilliant work of journalism, and an insight into one of the world's most troubling industries.

The Pierre Hotel Affair - How Eight Gentlemen Thieves Plundered $28 Million in the Largest Jewel Heist in History (Hardcover):... The Pierre Hotel Affair - How Eight Gentlemen Thieves Plundered $28 Million in the Largest Jewel Heist in History (Hardcover)
Daniel De Simone, Nick Sacco
R483 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Last Don Standing - The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale (Hardcover): Larry McShane, Dan Pearson Last Don Standing - The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale (Hardcover)
Larry McShane, Dan Pearson
R440 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R110 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Gangs in Garden City - How Immigration, Segregation, and Youth Violence are Changing America's Suburbs (Paperback): Sarah... Gangs in Garden City - How Immigration, Segregation, and Youth Violence are Changing America's Suburbs (Paperback)
Sarah Garland
R296 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R44 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

For the past five years, journalist Sarah Garland has followed the lives of current and former gang members living in Hempstead on the border of Garden City, Long Island. Affiliated with Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street, their troubling personal stories expose the cruel realities of segregation, racial income gaps, and poverty that lie hidden behind suburban white picket fences.

As Garland travels from Los Angeles to El Salvador and back to the East Coast, she reveals a disturbing cycle of poverty in which families, fleeing from troubled Central American cities, move into America's suburban backyards, only to find the pattern of violence repeating itself. Brilliantly reported and sensitively told, "Gangs in Garden City" draws back the veil on a hidden, troubling world.

One Last Job (Paperback): Tom Pettifor, Nick Sommerlad One Last Job (Paperback)
Tom Pettifor, Nick Sommerlad 1
R206 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R39 (19%) Within 7 - 11 working days

One Last Job: the extraordinary life story of Brian Reader, Britain's most prolific thief.The iconic GBP14million Hatton Garden raid of 2015 has already entered criminal folklore. This book cuts through the myth to reveal the astonishing true-life story of its elderly mastermind, Brian Reader. Gang insiders, family, friends and detectives talk for the first time about Reader's six-decade career, from mixing with the Krays and the cream of the London underworld to an ill-fated collaboration with violent gangster Kenny Noye. It reveals the Hatton Garden gang's links to an unsolved gangland murder, bent cops, police supergrasses and an alleged establishment cover-up. The book also includes new details about Basil, dubbed 'The Ghost' after he became the only gang member to escape justice. One Last Job is written by investigative journalists Tom Pettifor and Nick Sommerlad. 'A gripping account of the life of one of Britain's most infamous criminals and a fascinating, forensic study of the Hatton Garden heist' Piers Morgan'One Last Job is a compelling journey through the life of one of the most daring crooks in history.Brian Reader is part of a dying breed and this book takes you back to his London, where I cut my teeth as a young detective' Barry Phillips, former head of the Flying Squad

Takedown: A Small-Town Cop's Battle Against the Hells Angels and the Nation's Biggest Drug Gang (Paperback): Jeff... Takedown: A Small-Town Cop's Battle Against the Hells Angels and the Nation's Biggest Drug Gang (Paperback)
Jeff Buck, Jon Land, Lindsay Preston
R287 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R63 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Hidden Harvest - The Rise and Fall of North America's Biggest Cannabis Grow Op (Paperback): Mark Coakley Hidden Harvest - The Rise and Fall of North America's Biggest Cannabis Grow Op (Paperback)
Mark Coakley
R346 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R54 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Mark Coakley lifts the veil in "Hidden Harvest" on the untold story of a group of criminals -- Ontario police would call them "a gang with no name" -- whose most famous exploit was turning an abandoned Molson beer factory north of Toronto into a giant indoor jungle of cannabis. The operation produced tens of millions of dollars in profits, and involved gun smuggling, slavery, violence, pornography, and running cocaine and other illegal chemicals.
When the grow-op was raided by police in 2003, the massive scale of the operation drew international media attention. The true masterminds behind the operation were not arrested until 2011, and it was only then that the real story behind North America's biggest grow-op came to light.

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