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Gangster Paul Grimes was a one-man crimewave with a breathtaking capacity to steal. Any villains who got in his way were made to pay - often with their blood. But when his son died of a drugs overdose, the old-school mobster swore revenge on the new generation of Liverpool-based heroin and cocaine dealers. Against all odds, he turned undercover informant. The first gangste Gangster Paul Grimes was a one-man crimewave with a breathtaking capacity to steal. Any villains who got in his way were made to pay - often with their blood. But when his son died of a drugs overdose, the old-school mobster swore revenge on the new generation of Liverpool-based heroin and cocaine dealers. Against all odds, he turned undercover informant. The first gangster to fall foul of Grimes' change of heart was Curtis Warren, aka 'Cocky', the wealthiest and most successful criminal in British history. Grimes infiltrated his cocaine cartel and led Customs to the largest narcotics seizure on record, putting Warren in the dock in the drugs trial of the twentieth century. After turning his attention to heroin baron John Haase, Grimes rose to become the boss of the villain's notoriously bloodthirsty 'security firm' - a professional gang of racketeers addicted to cocaine, explosive violence and non-stop criminality. But as his net began to tighten, Grimes was confronted with the ultimate dilemma. He discovered his second son was now a rising star in the drugs business. The life-or-death question was: should he shop him or not? Powder Wars also reveals the secrets behind one of the most controversial episodes in British judicial history - how former Home Secretary Michael Howard was duped into granting John Haase a Royal Pardon. Today, Paul Grimes has a £100,000 contract on his head and is a real-life dead man walking. Powder Wars is a riveting account of modern gangsters told in brutal detail.


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Gangster Paul Grimes was a one-man crimewave with a breathtaking capacity to steal. Any villains who got in his way were made to pay - often with their blood. But when his son died of a drugs overdose, the old-school mobster swore revenge on the new generation of Liverpool-based heroin and cocaine dealers. Against all odds, he turned undercover informant. The first gangste Gangster Paul Grimes was a one-man crimewave with a breathtaking capacity to steal. Any villains who got in his way were made to pay - often with their blood. But when his son died of a drugs overdose, the old-school mobster swore revenge on the new generation of Liverpool-based heroin and cocaine dealers. Against all odds, he turned undercover informant. The first gangster to fall foul of Grimes' change of heart was Curtis Warren, aka 'Cocky', the wealthiest and most successful criminal in British history. Grimes infiltrated his cocaine cartel and led Customs to the largest narcotics seizure on record, putting Warren in the dock in the drugs trial of the twentieth century. After turning his attention to heroin baron John Haase, Grimes rose to become the boss of the villain's notoriously bloodthirsty 'security firm' - a professional gang of racketeers addicted to cocaine, explosive violence and non-stop criminality. But as his net began to tighten, Grimes was confronted with the ultimate dilemma. He discovered his second son was now a rising star in the drugs business. The life-or-death question was: should he shop him or not? Powder Wars also reveals the secrets behind one of the most controversial episodes in British judicial history - how former Home Secretary Michael Howard was duped into granting John Haase a Royal Pardon. Today, Paul Grimes has a £100,000 contract on his head and is a real-life dead man walking. Powder Wars is a riveting account of modern gangsters told in brutal detail.

30 review for Powder Wars: The Supergrass who Brought Down Britain's Biggest Drug Dealers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane Long

    Was given this, didn't know much about it, and, as it was a short book, thought I'd give it a go. Wasn't a bad start, but as I read on, it was just the same ol same ol again and again. I got bored and was thankful when I got to the end. Was given this, didn't know much about it, and, as it was a short book, thought I'd give it a go. Wasn't a bad start, but as I read on, it was just the same ol same ol again and again. I got bored and was thankful when I got to the end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mart

    It was alright I've read a lot of these story s in previous books so.....same old same old. Try find something new to Wright about It was alright I've read a lot of these story s in previous books so.....same old same old. Try find something new to Wright about

  3. 4 out of 5

    mekhala

    It was well written and eye-opening.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    A gritty account of growing up as a member of one of Liverpool's crime families. Paul Grimes steps you through his (I stress his) account of being a career criminal. From shop lifting in Bootle to nationwide drug importing, Grimes crossed paths with the likes of Curtis Warren and John Hasse, later putting them away when he turned grass due to his son dying of an overdose. This book is split into two with Graham Johnson giving background information to Grimes' first-person account. The book is a go A gritty account of growing up as a member of one of Liverpool's crime families. Paul Grimes steps you through his (I stress his) account of being a career criminal. From shop lifting in Bootle to nationwide drug importing, Grimes crossed paths with the likes of Curtis Warren and John Hasse, later putting them away when he turned grass due to his son dying of an overdose. This book is split into two with Graham Johnson giving background information to Grimes' first-person account. The book is a good read, however it's ruined by Grimes' poor justification for turning "grass" (informer). He happy laughs off attacking people with claw hammers and throwing people out of cars but preaches that those who sell drugs are the scum of the earth. Such hypocrisy is comical.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    A powerful true account of organised crime in Liverpool.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ian Fiddes

    9/10. A fascinating read. Got through this one very quickly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy Sutcliffe

    Read this book some years ago and could not put it down. Opens your ryes and confirms your suspicions of the gangland culture operating in Liverpool.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martin Morris

    £3 from HMV. Worth a read I suppose. Nothing in it that wasn't covered in McIntyres Underworld. £3 from HMV. Worth a read I suppose. Nothing in it that wasn't covered in McIntyres Underworld.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Good account of Liverpool Gangster turning against major drug dealer.

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    David Harper

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve Downes

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    Carl Keating

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marrion

  22. 4 out of 5

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    Richard Hickson

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    John Moran

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    James Mason

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