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The Underworld Captain
The Underworld Captain

The Underworld Captain

From Glasgow Goodfella to Army Officer


272 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95)

Publication Date: June 2011

ISBN 9781845967673

Rights: US

Mainstream Publishing (Jun 2011)

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In The Underworld Captain, Alexander Shannon reveals how he escaped his shady gangland past to enjoy a glittering career in the army, only to find himself back in the thick of criminal activity. His time as a soldier saw him posted to the Falklands, took him on several tours of Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles, and to war-torn Bosnia, where he witnessed extreme cruelty and violence up close. The rigors of army life took their toll and almost ruined his marriage, and he found himself drawn back into a series of ruthless gang wars. Shannon was something of an enigma amongst Glasgow's gangsters. Few on the streets knew that he was a highly trained weapons expert, but before long the secret leaked out and he found himself involved with the criminal underworld whilst on leave from the army. He utilized his skills as an undercover intelligence gatherer to hide weapons, work for drugs racketeers, and plot a massacre, and he was offered a fortune to work as a Mafia-style contract assassin. Once back in uniform, he was questioned over brutal gangland killings and was accused of a triple murder attempt, yet his dedication and determination to succeed in the army brought him accolades and a series of promotions. In The Underworld Captain, Shannon unveils numerous underworld secrets, details of attempted murders, and assassination plots. He reveals how he managed to combine his successful army career with dangerous gangland dealings for so long and how he finally broke free for good.

Author Biography

David Leslie has worked for the News of the World since 1970 and has focused on the Glasgow crime scene since 1990. He is also the author of the bestselling Crimelord, about Tam McGraw, as well as The Happy Dust Gang, Mummy, Take Me Home, The Hate Factory, and The Gangster's Wife. Captain Alexander Shannon has been a member of HM Armed Forces since 1983. He took part in the Falklands conflict, completed six tours of Northern Ireland and also served in Bosnia. He has risen through the ranks to become a captain and currently works as a Permanent Staff Administration Officer.