“You know, I’m getting too old for this kind of life, the drug dealing and the stabbings, the slashings, the blindings and the knee-cappings; and I’m sick of getting mixed up with international gangsters and hit contracts, murders, ice-cream wars, securi-wars, taxi-wars, yardies and Essex-boy torturers, corrupt politics, crack-head hit men, knife fights, terrorists… and I don’t want to go back to jail.”

“Sure, I can understand that, Paul. But, I mean, what else would you do? Sell insurance, maybe?”

“No. I’ve got it all worked out. I’m going to become a writer.”

“Hmm. A writer, eh. That sounds pretty cool. But what are you going to write about?”

“Oh, you know, the drug dealing and the stabbings, the slashings, the blinding and the knee-cappings, the international gangsters and hit contracts, murders, ice-cream wars, securi-wars, taxi-wars, guns, yardies and Essex-boy torturers…”

At 16, Paul Ferris was a runner for Glasgow’s infamous Arthur Thompson firm, building a reputation for himself as a fearless thief and a ruthless enforcer. He had a penchant for violence and a talent for emerging relatively unscathed.

In the 1980s, as Glasgow’s heroin market flourished, Ferris built his own firm and used legitimate business interests as a front for his narcotics operation. He was finally convicted of firearms offences in 1998.

He is now, three years after his release from prison, a best selling author, with his first book, The Ferris Conspiracy, about to become a major feature film starring Robert Carlisle in the title role.

Earlier this year he appeared at a literary event staged in Edinburgh as part of the UNESCO Edinburgh World City of Literature festival.

Just under a year ago there were underworld whispers that he was making a move on the Scottish Capital’s taxi scene.

Tory group leader Ian Whyte said: “I would hope that the council is satisfied that he is no longer involved in any criminal activities and really has gone clean.”

Fugedaboutid!

Just ask Tam “the Licencee” McGraw, or Wullie “Stripes” Mckinnon, or…  

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