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    • ISBN:9781471916663
    • Publication date:18 Sep 2014

An Underworld at War

Spivs, Deserters, Racketeers and Civilians in the Second World War

By Donald Thomas

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'A wonderful book, the best I have read for ages' Literary Review

The Second World War produced numerous acts of self-sacrifice, but it also made many people rich. Under the cover of war, crime ranging from opportunistic looting to systematic theft was able to flourish.

Donald Thomas draws on extensive archive material to reveal the ingenuity and sheer scale of wartime criminality, making fascinating reading of one of the great untold stories of the war.

'A mesmerising, unputdownable and brilliantly researched page-turner' Sunday Times

Biographical Notes

Donald Thomas was born in Somerset and educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a personal chair in the University of Wales, Cardiff, now Cardiff University. His numerous crime novels include two collections of Sherlock Holmes stories and a hugely successful historical detective series written under the pen name Francis Selwyn and featuring Sergeant Verity of Scotland Yard, as well as gritty police procedurals written under the name of Richard Dacre. He is also the author of seven biographies and a number of other non-fiction works, and won the Gregory Prize for his poems, Points of Contact. He lives in Bath with his wife.

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  • ISBN: 9781471916670
  • Publication date: 18 Sep 2014
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: The Murder Room
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