• Crack House

  • The Incredible True Story of the Man Who Took On London's Crack Gangs and Won
  • By: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-08-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Crack House takes the listener into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance. The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade, Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital.
One of them, Haringey Drugs Squad, embarked on a war on crack, aiming to shut down all 100 crack houses in their borough in one year. Amazingly, they did it. Even more amazingly, in the subsequent 12 months all black-on-black killings in Haringey ceased, and burglaries and muggings fell massively.
In Crack House, Harry Keeble describes in heart-stopping fashion the raids and arrests, as well as the beatings, stabbings, and shootings he witnessed as leader of the Haringey Drugs Squad and their war on drugs.
©2008 Harry Keeble (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 07-29-17

This book is hot, steamy mess.

I gave up after 3 hours of listening. It's a bunch of micro-stories that barely follow the loose plot and jump around from minute to minute. It's very hard to follow along.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa YHZ on 06-28-15

Entertaining and enlightening

Fascinating glimpse into the fight by a few good cops against the ever-rising tide of drug merchants in a north London borough. The drug squad's success in the face of bureaucratic and institutional apathy, and downright ineptitude, is, I think, a testament to their dedication and the author's leadership... or at least that's how the story reads. I've queued up his next book "Baby X" to see where he goes from here. Damian Lynch is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators.

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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 06-16-12

Addictive as the drug itself

I work in a Drug and Alcohol rehab, so I was not too shocked at the awful stories about the adicts in this book (sad though they are), what shocks and pulls you in is the gritty and honest way the book has been written, the trully disturbing politics surrounding the whole official approach to tackling the issue (ignorance and disinterest) and the determination of this one copper to sort it out no matter what!

Horridly true

And it still goes on

If you have read this far... then it is a must-read, unputdownable, supprisingly addictive book.

Roll on the movie....

Much better than I ever expected it could be.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-04-12

Truly shocking

I like this book for several reasons;
- Glimpse inside war on drugs. Politics, means, methods.
- Filled with anecdotes - true I suppose.
- Horrific & informative regarding cracks addictiveness.
- Good pace & flow, never boring.
- Good narration.
- Suitable length.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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