Firstly I wish to thank Charlie Howell, Market Coordinator of Olympia Publishers for inviting me to read and review this book Dunpeckham by Johnny Mack
Johnny Mack was born in Peckham, South-East London an only child to loving but strict parents. Although a bright and shrewd boy, he did not enjoy school – and school did not really enjoy him! He soon found out quickly that he had no choice but to join in the dodgy world of wheeling, dealing, ducking and diving which was all around him, getting involved in armed robbery, violence and drugs. He often tried to make a living in other ways – cab driving, running an illegal club frequented by infamous villains – but the easy money always beckoned as he tried to make a life for himself, his wife Carol and his children. In this, his first book, he tells his story with no holds barred from his childhood and to when reality bites and he must choose between his old life and his family.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to say straight away that I was pretty giddy about reading this book, and that is totally out of character with me as I am not drawn to autobiographies. In fact I have only ever read a couple in my life. The thing is I love books about crime and this book is about a real life London gangster, his childhood, family and all the dodgy dealings that put him on the ladder of notoriety.
Set in the 1960’s and 70’s Johnny Mack was a smart lad with the gift of the gab, he was a quick learner and lacked a conscience for the crimes that he committed. I had to keep reminding myself that when he said someone had been stabbed, they really had been stabbed, it was not for effect, it really happened. So if you decide to read this book do remember that this is about a gangster, so be prepared for plenty of violence though it is not described in a macabre way, it was how it was, it just comes with the territory. It really is as if he is talking to you telling you clips of stories in his life. Some of the stories are hilarious which does lighten it up a lot.
There is no holds barred, from being in prison, family life and a drug addition that he struggled with. It all makes for a fabulous insight to the real McCoy of who Johnny Mack is. One of my favourite bits was a court scene where he was in the dock. His interaction with the jurors was just brilliant.
I would recommend this for anyone that loves crime stories, you certainly get a few of those in this book. Love his style of writing, he made it like he was talking to just me. Brilliant!
I wish to thank Olympia Publishers for supplying me with a copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Johnny Mack was born in Peckham, South-East London, an only child to loving but strict parents. In the first volume of his memoirs, ‘Dunpeckham’ he described his indoctrination into the criminal fraternity and his life of crime, violence, addiction and prison. In ‘Landed on the Moon’ Johnny recounts his efforts to change his way of life after being swindled in an unsuccessful scam in London. As such, he moved to the Isle of Wight to start a new life. However, when he arrived there from the city mean streets, he felt like such an outsider that old demons started to resurface, great sequel. Johnny has had so much success with both books that he decided to try fiction. ‘Memoirs of a Hitman is Johnnys first attempt at fiction and has used his past experiences to create a storyline that blows your mind.