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  • The Murder Room

An Underworld at War: Spivs, Deserters, Racketeers and Civilians in the Second World War

Donald Thomas

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Prose: non-fiction, Organized crime

'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

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Donald Thomas

Donald Thomas is the author of seven biographies, including Cardigan of Balaclava and his best-selling life of Cochrane: Britannia's Sea Wolf. He is also a respected novelist, and has won the Gregory Award for his poems Points of Contact. He was born in Somerset, educated at Queen's College, Taunton and Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a personal chair at the University of Cardiff.

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