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Summary

9.30 a.m. on 22 January 1993. The moment in crime history that one of Britain's most audacious thefts ever took place and the legend of 'Fast Eddie' was created.

This is the story of how Securicor guard Eddie Maher managed to pull off a £1.2 million heist, fled the country despite every port being closed, spawned an international manhunt and managed to evade capture for 20 years. As Britain's most wanted man, he led 30 detectives, FBI and Interpol on a wild goose chase across the USA.

Dubbed 'Fast Eddie' by the press, he was always one step ahead, and after two decades on the run with his family using a series of of aliases and identities, Eddie began to think he'd committed the perfect crime, until a cruel and dramatic betrayal proved otherwise....

Like a Hollywood movie script and told in full for the first time, Fast Eddie is the compelling story of how an ordinary British man became America's most notorious fugitive.

©2021 Eddie Maher (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Loved it

Tbh, I pre-ordered this book because of the promise of Karl Jenkison as a narrator and the fact that the summary looked interesting. It came out this morning and I have listened to it in one go. It was that interesting. I didn't know anything about the story beforehand, which made it all the more interesting.

Eddie Maher has lived quite an extraordinary and interesting live. I was mostly fascinated bu the fact that he could live such a functional live under being constantly on his guard. It is excellently explained how he did that.

I love his optimistic view on live and have the greatest respect for his wife Debbie who had to deal with his shenannigans, but chose to stay with him.

This is a funny, interesting and very unusual memoir which I couldn't recommend more. I loved it from beginning till the end and wish Eddie and his family all the best in the future.

Wherever that may be..

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...not my fault, Guv!

Spoiler alert - it wasn't his fault. Any of it. Blames crooks, police incompetence, other people's nosiness...

I own my failings and learn from them (and there's plenty to go at!). Think Eddy should do the same.

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Enjoyable

Returning a lot of books lately and only got this to use up credits but found it really enjoyable and looked forward to getting back to it.

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Fast Eddy

Best book I've listened to in quite a while. Great story, envious of his life in America. Looking forward to the documentary on NETFLIX!?

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Great story

Brilliant narrator. Brilliant story. However, I don’t believe a whole lot of what he’s written, seems like a way of covering up for himself. Great listen though!

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Always someone elses fault.

Somewhat interesting when talking about how he did it, but the rest is just moaning about the justice system and how Eddy was victimised after he was caught.

You can't steal a million pounds and call yourself a nice guy constantly (trying to convince himself) and expect no repercussions when it all comes crumbling down. Had a plane and boats and built his own home with stolen money, but then expects everyone to jump to get him a passport to be brought back to be tried.

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great book

I loved it, read well and enjoyed listening to it. he sums up the UK perfect at the end too.

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Brilliant

Really interesting and fascinating account. I had no idea of the detail of Eddie's life, history or life on the run.

well worth a listen

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Best Audiobook ever

Brilliant. listened to this whilst painting the house. From start to finish an incredible journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The voice person never rush so it all sunk in.

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A must read

What a fantastic book to read by a pool in the sun.
Awesome to here the other side of the story.

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It’s all about the narrator

Loved the story but helped so much having the narrator. So many audio books are let down by this but this one is spot on. An excellent listen

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