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Brighton Crime and Vice (Paperback)

Local History Victorian Era

By Douglas d'Enno
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781845630300
Published: 19th July 2007
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Brighton has a dark side - it has a well-deserved reputation as a hotbed of crime. Robbery, violence, murder and every type of vice have flourished in this seaside town. And in this compelling book, Douglas d'Enno records, in graphic detail, two centuries of this criminal history in all its shocking variety. Using a convenient A to Z format, he documents crimes against the person and against property - murders, assaults, rapes, thefts and cases of arson are prominent among them. The subterranean world of vice is catalogued here. Prostitution is covered, of course, but also public immorality of all kinds, intimidation, racketeering, blackmail and official corruption, including scandals implicating the Brighton police. Also featured is an astonishing range of other offences, from desertion and addiction, drug smuggling and drug dealing to impersonation and embezzlement, threatening behaviour and delinquency of all kinds. This unique guide to Brighton's underworld will be an essential work of reference for readers who want to learn about the town's hidden history and for those who are fascinated by the circumstances and the psychology of crime.

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 Douglas D'Enno

About Douglas d'Enno

Douglas d'Enno is a historian, linguist and journalist who has made an exhaustive study of the impact of the First World War not only on Brighton but also on Britain's fishermen and their vessels (the first volume of his Fishermen Against the Kaiser was published by Pen & Sword in 2010, with research continuing for the second). After a career which included several years spent applying his linguistic and editorial skills in a publishing environment - primarily - as a translator in public service, he has devoted himself to writing and research. Through contributions in the past to The Argus and local/community publications, he has established a reputation as a leading authority on Brighton and the surrounding area. Published works include The Saltdean Story (1985), The Church in a Garden (2001), Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Brighton (published by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword in 2004), Brighton Crime and Vice 1800-2000 (published in 2007, also by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword), and a number of 'then and now' pictorial books on the Brighton area and on Sussex. A book on the county's railway stations through time is in preparation and plans are being laid for a book on Brighton in the Second World War2.

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