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the greatest-ever detective?
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|Dick Kirby's latest book.|
Officer’s notebook: Dick Kirby
• Born 1943, in London’s East End
• Spent nine ‘miserable’ years in the printing industry
• In 1967, by now married to Ann and the father of two young children, answered an advert from the Metropolitan Police
• Became a member of the Criminal Investigation Department and then the Serious Crime Squad
• Spent five years catching international crooks
• ‘The Sweeney’ – Scotland Yard’s élite Flying Squad – was his home for eight years, where he dealt with the most formidable and violent armed robbers.
• He put success down to speed, experience and intuition
• Ill-health forced his retirement in 1993
• He and Ann moved to Suffolk from Upminster and he developed a writing career
• First book was 2001’s Rough Justice – Memoirs of a Flying Squad Detective
• Proceeds went to two police charities.