Author says Britain is catching up on acts of violence. C.U. ROHMER speaking.He says: "Almost as soon as I arrived in New York a newspaperman told me that the annual cost of drime in the United States runs into something in the neighbourhood of thirteen billion dollars. He asked me if I had come here to get new material for a new crime story. I told him the truth that I had come for a rest. I said it was no longer necessary to leave England to study crime, because crime is rapidly becoming one of our most flourishing industries. What with motor car hold ups, snatch and grab raids, its country house burglaries and other forms of sport Merrie England is becoming merry England indeed. I used to be asked in America if I thought Scotland Yard could clean up the gangsters and bandits of New York and Chicago. It was quite a change to be asked the other day by a member of Scotland Yard if I thought the American police could clean up the gangsters and bandits -"
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