The novel? I read HERO OF THE UNDERWORLD when it first came out -- ten years
ago? -- and thought it was surprisingly good. A SENSE OF FREEDOM is a
riveting piece of non-fiction about the brutalizing impact of prison life.
PAIN OF CONFINEMENT, also non-fiction, is interesting but from a different
Jimmy Boyle, for those who may never have heard of him, is a Scottish
gangland figure once described as the most violent man in Scotland. The
prison system couldn't cope with him. He received more beatings than Ned
Beaumont in the Dog House chapter of THE GLASS KEY. Boyle's one of the
success stories of the special unit at Barlinnie Prison, an experimental
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Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Criminal Writers
> Al wrote:
> "I dunno. In a cage fight, my money would be on Jimmy Boyle."
> How is his book? I've got it around here somewhere.
> In Australia, Chopper is another criminal writer.
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