OUT NOW: One Last Job by Tom Pettifor and Nick Sommerlad

From butcher’s boy to Britain’s most audacious and lucrative mastermind burglar: new book reveals the truth about the ‘the Gentleman thief’

Sentenced in 2016 after pleading guilty for conspiracy to commit burglary and now serving a sentence in Belmarsh Prison, Brian Reader’s six-decade career saw him rise to the top of the London underworld.

With exclusive access to friends, relations and former fellow gang members, this investigation into Brian Reader’s life sheds new light on one of the most infamous and ambitious figures in the British criminal world. It reveals:

  • The incredible details of the Hatton Garden Heist; how this near-impossible feat was actually accomplished and the details of exactly what police found when they got to the scene. ‘The largest burglary in English legal history’ saw contents of a safe to the value of £14 million stolen with ruthless expertise and precision, but how was it even possible?
  • Exclusive details on the planning and execution of Reader’s other infamous heists, from tunnelling 40 feet into the Lloyds Bank vaults in Baker Street to laundering gold from the record-breaking Brink’s-Mat raid.
  • How Reader’s childhood and early initiation into the London criminal elite equipped him with the skills and motivation to almost defy the laws of possibility when masterminding thefts.
  • His association with the Krays, gangland insiders, bent cops, and an even more horrifying establishment cover-up.


About the authors:

Nick Sommerlad is Investigations Editor of the Daily Mirror. He has been shortlisted five times at the British Press Awards, winning the Hugh Cudlipp Award in 2010. He lives in Wales with his wife and three daughters.

Tom Pettifor is the Daily Mirror’s Chief Crime Correspondent and has extensive police and underworld contacts. His work includes a three-year investigation into the cover-up of child abuse that is currently being examined by a public inquiry.

One Last Job by Tom Pettifor and Nick Sommerlad is out now and published by Mirror Books. 

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