Gangland was a man's world - but the women knew different
Alice Diamond, the Queen of the Forty Thieves, rules over her gang of hoisters with a bejewelled fist. Nell is a slum girl from Waterloo, hiding a secret pregnancy and facing a desperately uncertain future.
Sensing an opportunity to exploit Nell's vulnerabilities, Alice takes her under her wing and, before long, Nell is experiencing the secret world of hoisting, with all the dangers - and glamorous trappings - that comes with this underworld existence.
Alice has a longstanding feud with Billy Sullivan's all-male gang in Soho, and thinks Nell could be a useful weapon in her vendetta. But Nell has a secret agenda of her own, and is not to be underestimated. And the more she is exploited by both Alice and Billy, the more her hunger for revenge grows. As she embraces the seedy underbelly of London, will she prevail in carving out her own path to power and riches...
...and crown herself the Queen of Thieves?
From Sunday Times bestselling author Beezy Marsh comes a thrilling new crime saga series, perfect for fans of Sam Michaels, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane.
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Firstly thank you Netgalley for giving me the opportunity for this ARC. Now the book all I can say author is brilliant, gangland at its best. Martine Cole move over this is up in your league only joking but definitely an author to follow
London 1946 and the war has been over a year. Alice Diamond is the queen of forty thieves at the elephant and castle, she is the shoplifters queens and hoister thieves, she has a knack of taking her girls off the streets one of them is Nell Kane, the new girl is pregnant so this is perfect for Alice and sends her out to learn the trade. Alice with her best minx and been driven around in her Chrysler and is looked up by all around her. Nell is picked up and sent to Holloway for six months for nicking a pair of stockings its her first time in court and she wont forgive Alice for this she could have bend and got her away with a warning and she leaves there with a sentence of her own that she will carry with her for life. she despises Alice and wants her crown. Alice welcomes her back with open arms and sends her up to the Windsor club in Soho undercover singing for the big man Billy Sullivan. This is a proper bang on London saga and I loved the characters, and all the history after the war years their still black market, rations and bombed out sites, I just couldn't put this book down. The author is spot on with all her research that makes this book such a unique read. It's something different and the main character is Nell and she wants the crown and will go all to get it. I loved it and hopefully with that ending we are going to be getting more from this author hopefully. 5*****