There has never been a city with more prisons than London, and probably none whose courts have sent so many to public torment and execution. Prisons and Punishments of London
is the first full survey of London's many prisons through the ages -- from the Tower to Pentonville -- and of the punishments meted out to felons.
Packed with hilarious anecdotes and astonishing tales from those on both sides of the law, Richard Byrne's absorbing history of the safecracking industry reveals the whole fascinating story. From the earliest strong-boxes to today's hightech alarm systems, from standard dynamite to complex thermic lances, the battle between burglar and protector is timeless.