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Andrew O'HaganDonald Thomas’s Villains’ Paradise is a thrilling and thoughtful encapsulation of a national fascination. British newspapers have always been obsessed with criminal personalities, and this book is a spirited collection of the best and most famous tales. Reading it, one comes to see why Ronnie Biggs, one of the Great Train Robbers who stole £2.3 million from a mail train in 1963, is considered something of a national treasure, and also why the Krays, a set of ferocious and psychopathic twins who stole and murdered their way to infamy in the 1960s, were treated to legendary status and faux state funerals in the East End of London when they died. They had worn nice suits, after all, and they obviously loved their mother.
— The New York Times