The Brave Blue Line

The Brave Blue Line

100 Years of Metropolitan Police Gallantry

Dick Kirby

Date Published :
November 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399014908

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 208


In their daily battle against a remorseless tide of crime, officers of London’s Metropolitan Police routinely risk their lives protecting the Capital. In The Brave Blue Line Dick Kirby, the former Scotland Yard detective turned popular
crime author, has brought together a superb collection of inspiring stories of police gallantry over the last hundred years.

Officers to be honoured with the George Cross, the highest civilian award, have their stories told including Jim Beaton who saved Princess Anne from kidnap in The Mall.

Three women officers have been awarded the George Medal, two for decoy work, the third for a heroic rooftop rescue.

The book concludes with the astonishing story of a retired detective who tackled armed robbers – at the cost of his eye. He may have left the Met behind him but not his courage.

Every page of this gripping book with its thrilling and well researched accounts of outstanding acts of gallantry by policemen and women makes for inspiring reading. This is crime writing of the highest order.

About The Author

Dick Kirby was born in the East End of London and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967. Half of his twenty-six years service was spent with Scotland Yards Serious Crime Squad and the Flying Squad.Kirby contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis, as well as appearing on television and radio. The Guvnors, The Sweeney, Scotland Yards Ghost Squad, Brave Line Death on the Beat and Scourge of Soho are all published under the Wharncliffe True Crime imprint and he has further other published works to his credit. On retirement he lives near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Kirby can be visited at his website:

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