Praise for Villains

April 22, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books.  The website also has separate listings for federal and international law enforcement officials.  One author listed, Dick Kirby, recently released his new book Villains.

 Dick Kirby was born in the East-End of London, England in 1943.  He joined the London Metropolitan Police in 1967.  Dick Kirby worked as a detective sergeant in east and north London and served on Scotland Yard’s Serious Crime Squad and the Flying Squad for half of his 26 years of service.  Throughout his career he was commended on 40 occasions for courage, leadership and his detective ability.  He retired from the police force in 1993.  Dick Kirby is the author of Rough Justice, The Real Sweeney, You’re Nicked and his most recent release Villains.

 Dirk Kirby’s latest book is received strong praise:

 “All of the stories are told with Dick Kirby’s acerbic, black humor in a compelling style by a detective who was there.”

American Police Beat, April 2008 edition.

 “ … a great collection of true stories that rival the best of the fictional yarn spinners.”

Joseph Wambaugh.

 “I’m a huge Dick Kirby fan … this is a fast-paced, riveting read, made even more enjoyable by Kirby’s trademark humor.”

Tangled Web Website, March 2008.

 “This is magic.  The artfulness of these anti-heroes has you pining for the good old days.”

The Daily Sport, 28 February 2008.

 According to the book description of Villains, “Police officers are now no longer encouraged to talk to criminals, and that’s a pity. Wonderful stories once were shared as a result of a quick pint with a snout down the pub, or as a respite during interrogation, when both copper and criminal would stop for a fag. Those were the glory days, where gripping accounts of slashings, fit-ups, dodgy deals, blaggings and petermen would filter through and become folklore. These days such intimacy is frowned upon (and smoking in interrogation cells is of course banned) so it is only here that these stories can be recounted. In Villains’ Tales the reader will be introduced to the bad, the mad and the dangerous to know, recounted in gripping style by those who had intimate dealings with the shady characters, both criminal and copper, from London’s underworld, long ago.”

 More information about Dick Kirby is available at now hosts 981 police officers (representing 411 police departments) and their 2079 police books in 35 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.


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