Soho has long been the haunt of gangsters – fertile ground for crime – but the shooting of Alec d’Antiquis would be a murder …
True Detective October 1993
The world has been so accustomed to the American habit of turning its villains into heroes – John Dillinger and Al Capone are household names even in this country – that it comes as a bit of a surprise to discover British villains. Our author Edward T. Hart has the same breezy familiarity with London gangsters that Damon Runyon did with their US counterparts – and like Runyon is fully aware of how dark and brutal the underworld is. It’s an education!
Soho has long been the haunt of gangsters – fertile ground for crime – but the shooting of Alec d’Antiquis would be a murder no mobster with any professional pride would have cared to acknowledge. A badly planned robbery so amateurish it was laughable, and a needless killing done in blind panic, led to the inept robbers breathing their last at the end of a noose.