Godfather of Crime

Paul Williams
The General

The extraordinary life and crimes of Martin Cahill, gangster, criminal mastermind, MOST WANTED MAN. Now a major film from John Boorman

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The extraordinary life and crimes of Martin Cahill, gangster, criminal mastermind, MOST WANTED MAN

In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Cahill netted over £40 million. He was untouchable - until a bullet from an IRA hitman ended it all.

The General tells the inside story of

  • The Beit robbery - one of the world's biggest art heists
  • The attempted assassination of a top forensic scientist
  • The O'Connor Jewellers robbery, netting £3m
  • The tyre-slashing and intimidation
  • The crucifixion of a suspected 'grass'
  • The millions still missing
The book reveals Cahill's bizarre personality and the activities of the Tango Squad, the special police unit which targetted him with tactics used on the infamous Kray Gang.

Now a major film from John Boorman starring Brendan Gleeson and John Voight.

Paul Williams is author of the best-selling crime boss exposé, The General, made into a major award-winning movie directed by John Boorman. Crime correspondent with The Sunday World, and a qualified criminologist, Paul Williams is acknowledged as an authority on the Irish criminal underworld. He broke many of the news stories on the General.

a riveting good read

Irish Independent

a terrifically readable account ... in the very best tradition of investigative journalism ... a book which reads like a thriller ... our democracy needs more journalism like this

The Sunday Tribune

Without this book all that might have been left would have been the folk memory of a Robin Hood figure and we might have forgotten the terror and misery this man brought to those who were in his way. Paul Williams' book reminds us of why we should say 'Good Riddance'.

The Irish Times
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