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In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book], Barbara Biggs
1 In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book]
Barbara Biggs Australia Floradale 2003 0957912145 / 9780957912144 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
He was 42 and one of Australia's most successful criminal barristers. She was 14, a runaway with nowhere to go. She later learnt the barrister had paid her grandmother. She had been sold... So begins Barbara Biggs' inside account of the dark side of the permissive seventies. The episode is to haunt her for years. But it is only one part of an extraordinary family story told with black humour and unflinching honesty. At 13 she runs away from home for wayward girls. At 16 she admits herself to a psychiatric hospital. At 18 she escapes Cambodia as it falls to the Khmer Rouge. At 19 she is a prostitute in Japan. At 21 she threw unionism into chaos making headlines around Australia. And lives to tell the tale. This is it. 
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Dead by Friday: How Lust and Greed Led to Murder in the Suburbs, Derek Pedley
2 Dead by Friday: How Lust and Greed Led to Murder in the Suburbs
Derek Pedley Australia Wakefield Press 2013 1743052308 / 9781743052303 2nd Edition Soft cover New Book 23.2 x 15.0 cm 
He was once a bronzed lifesaver but is now a balding, overweight Beaurepaires manager nearing 40, an ambitious man with desires his marriage cannot satisfy. She is 29, the wife of one of his employees; a serial cheater and manipulator, she can curl her lips into a knowing smile and bat bedroom eyes at any man who cares to take a second look. Kevin Matthews and Michelle Burgess are made for each other. The affair begins with furtive sex in parks and offices, moving on to whiskey fuelled, lunch-time trysts in motels. Their marriages crumble, his career and finances suffer and the obsession deepens. Pillow talk turns sinister and two murder plots are hatched. Contracts are issued. From the suburbs that brought us the Snowtown killers, enter the hitman, David Key. But their lust and greed are infectious; Key is instantly infatuated with Michelle, the 'high-class sheila', and a second, parallel affair begins. Key buys drugs instead of a gun with his down-payment, forcing them to hatch a new plan. Michelle tips over the edge, leading to a shocking crime. Recounted through the eyes of witnesses, families, friends, lovers and one of the intended victims, Dead by Friday draws on the meticulous police investigation and puts readers at the detectives' sides as they hunt the killers. 
Price: 27.95 AUD
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The Echo of Silent Screams: The Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders [used book] *** OUT OF STOCK ***, Eric Wilson
3 The Echo of Silent Screams: The Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders [used book] *** OUT OF STOCK ***
Eric Wilson Australia Pennon Publishing 2005 1877029270 / 9781877029271 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
'The Echo of Silent Screams' is the culmination of many years of exhaustive research by Eric Wilson, the elder brother of one of the murdered girls, into what became known as the Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders. But 'The Echo of Silent Screams' is much more than a murder mystery. It opens up the very soul of one of the families involved in this disturbing case, which still remains unsolved over 28 years later. The $100,000 reward is still current. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book], John Elias and Josh Massoud
4 Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book]
John Elias and Josh Massoud Australia MacMillan 2010 1405040211 / 9781405040211 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
'This is a story that has to be told.' (Alan Jones) Few rugby league players were more notorious than John Elias. The menacing forward not only intimidated his opponents on the paddock; he also led a double life as a career criminal and stand-over man. Starting in the driver's seat of a stolen Holden at age 14, Elias's crimes grew more brazen as his football CV expanded to include over a dozen clubs. Illegal bookmaking rings, fire-arms trading, shootings, brothels, seedy card dens and the biggest match-fixing scandal in the game's recent history were all part of his off-field routine that eventually culminated in three prison sentences. Loved by high-profile friends such as Wayne Bennett, Alan Jones, John Ibrahim and John Singleton and loathed by his enemies, John Elias now owns one of the most colourful stories in Australian sport - a roller-coaster ride from the ecstasy of grand final glory to the depths of a maximum security jail cell. Sin Bin is John's incredible tale. You'll never look at John Elias, or rugby league, the same way again. John was born in Lebanon in 1962 and after moving to Punchbowl in Sydney's west played in the NRL for clubs including Newtown, Brisbane Souths, Wests, Easts and Canterbury. Several stints in Gaol, including an eighteenth month sentence in Long Bay at age sixteen, and his other off field activities saw John become a fixture in Sydney's underworld scene. He went on to set up the Lebanese national team, The Cedars, and has played, captained and coached the side in numerous successful campaigns. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Harry Readford alias Captain Starlight, John Morrison
5 Harry Readford alias Captain Starlight
John Morrison Australia Boolarong Press 2014 1925236102 / 9781925236101 Soft cover New Book 22.0 x 29.0 x 1.0 cm 
The story of Harry Readford, born in 1841 on the frontier of the infant colony of New South Wales, who became a proficient bushman, stockman, drover, explorer, pioneer and above all, a renowned cattle duffer, has passed into Australian folklore. The pivotal event in the story was the famous cattle theft in 1870, of 1200 head from the Longreach area of Central Queensland, and droving them nearly 1600 kilometres through virtually unexplored desert country deep into South Australia. This feat, and the subsequent "infamous" trial at the Roma courthouse in 1873, was portrayed in Rolf Boldrewood's classic novel Robbery Under Arms. Boldrewood created the mythical Captain Starlight, so Harry Readford, already a legend in his own lifetime, became the myth - and rode into history. This book incorporates a complete series of landscape, portrait and narrative paintings, drawings, photographs, maps and text, woven around a theme of major historical and cultural importance, which was signifi cant then and is now. Critique: Resident Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame artist, John Morrison has capitivated the infamous story of Harry Readford into a beautifully illustrated book that will stand the test of time. This book is a hertiage collection of artwork alive with scenes of the Outback as it would have been in the late 1800s. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book], John Silvester and Andrew Rule
6 Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book]
John Silvester and Andrew Rule Australia Floradale 2004 0975231804 / 9780975231807 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
When the shooting starts in the underworld, war is a short word that covers a lot of ground. It can be a blood feud between criminal families, it can be revenge, exacted by enemies with long memories, old grudges and new information. Then, of course, there are the police, who belong to the biggest gang of all... 
Price: 7.00 AUD
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Underbelly: The Gangland War [used book], John Silvester and Andrew Rule
7 Underbelly: The Gangland War [used book]
John Silvester and Andrew Rule Australia Floradale 2008 0977544060 / 9780977544066 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
They called Carl Williams 'The Truth' but the truth was he was just a fat kid with a pill press and a taste for fast food, women and bucks. He got lucky the day Jason Moran shot him in the belly instead of the head. Carl didn't return the favour: one by one, Moran, his family, and friends were shot dead during an underworld war for extermination. 
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True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book], Lisa Davies
8 True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book]
Lisa Davies Australia Harper Collins 2009 0732289033 / 9780732289034 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
It was a shocking crime that made headlines around Australia. An innocent young woman, violently attacked in her family home by a total stranger and left to die. Beaten repeatedly and soaked with petrol as her home burned, Lauren Huxley's life was hanging by a thread. Lauren's battle to survive caused an outpouring of public love and support. For her father, Patrick, mother Christine and sister Simone it was like being plunged into hell. Doctors gave Lauren only a five percent chance of survival. Her injuries were among the worst they had ever seen, so horrific that she was barely recognisable. But those insurmountable odds counted for little against the Huxley family's determination, courage and love. Together, they started to rebuild their shattered lives...and Lauren started coming back. This is their extraordinary story. 
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All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon
9 All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings
Matthew Condon Australia University of Queensland Press 2015 0702253537 / 9780702253539 Soft cover New Book Trade Paperback 
The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy. In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Drawing from interviews with key players who have, until now, been afraid to speak publicly, All Fall Down celebrates the bravery of those unsung heroes who risked everything to expose the truth. This epic trilogy provides the definitive account of an unforgettable period in Queensland's history. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Jacks and Jokers #2 Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon
10 Jacks and Jokers #2 Three Crooked Kings
Matthew Condon Australia University of Queensland Press 2014 0702249963 / 9780702249969 Soft cover New Book 
The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers, the story continues as Terry Lewis becomes police commissioner and the era of corruption at the highest levels of the police and government continues. As the Queensland police become more connected with their colleagues in Sydney, the rise of heavy drugs and crime escalates. Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, two of the original 'crooked kings', become more enmeshed with 'The Joke' which is run by bagman Jack Herbert. Jacks and Jokers introduces new characters, more extraordinary behaviour outside the law by the law, and along the way charts the meteoric rise of police commissioner Terry Lewis, documenting events up until the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s. Once again, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has drawn from unprecedented access to Terry Lewis, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators to craft the definitive account of the rise - and spectacular fall - of one man, an entire state and over a generation of corruption. About the Author Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the Courier-Mail's Qweekend magazine. He began his journalism career with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982 and subsequently worked for leading newspapers and journals including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and Melbourne's Sunday Age. He is also the author of ten books of fiction, most recently The Trout Opera (Random House, 2008) and the non-fiction book Brisbane, (New South Books, 2010). 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Three Crooked Kings: Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the True Story of Crime and Corruption in Queensland, Matthew Condon
11 Three Crooked Kings: Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the True Story of Crime and Corruption in Queensland
Matthew Condon Australia University of Queensland Press 2013 0702238910 / 9780702238918 Soft cover New Book 
The first of two explosive investigative books - Underbelly meets the narrative storytelling of Chloe Hooper and Helen Garner In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s. Three Crooked Kings follows Lewis' journey through the ranks, as he becomes part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glenn Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof. The alleged suicide of prostitute and brothel madam Shirley Brifman in the early 1970s provides the turning point for a culture that reigned unchecked for several decades. It was part of a grand narrative teeming with murder, pay-offs, political machinations, drug heists, assisted suicides, police in-fighting and a complicated system of corruption that ultimately collapsed under its own weight. Based on unprecedented interviews with Terry Lewis and access to his personal papers, Three Crooked Kings is the missing piece in the puzzle of the story of Queensland's endemic generational corruption. It is a searing story of greed, crime and corruption. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society; an impact that reverberates across the country to this day. About the Author Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane in 1962 and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. He is the author of several novels and short story collections, including The Motorcycle Cafe, A Night at the Pink Poodle, The Pillow Fight and Lime Bar. He is also the recipient of two Steel Rudd awards for short fiction. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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On Father's Day: Cindy Gambino's shattering account of Robert Farquharson murdering her children, Megan Norris and Cindy Gambino
12 On Father's Day: Cindy Gambino's shattering account of Robert Farquharson murdering her children
Megan Norris and Cindy Gambino Australia Five Mile Press 2013 1743002505 / 9781743002506 Soft cover New Book Trade Paperback 
A first-hand emotional account of a mother's painful journey through loss and grief. Cindy Gambino has suffered great loss in her life, beginning as a young woman with the death of the love of her life in a road accident, to the subsequent tragedy of her life which made front page news in 2005 when her former husband, Robert Farquharson, deliberately drove his car into a rural Victorian dam near their home of Winchelsea, drowning their three children. Her partner Stephen Moules repeatedly dived into the dam to try and save the boys, while their father watched from the sidelines. Together with Megan Norris, Cindy tells her story of how she has found the will to live, but why the past still haunts her. About the Author: Megan Norris is a prize-winning journalist with a career spanning 34 years. Since settling in Australia in 1990, Megan has specialised in high-profile stories involving victims of crime. This is how she met Cindy Gambino and, since they met, every authorised print article that has appeared in the Australian media has been written by Megan. Megan is also the co-author of the best-selling Perfect Victim, which was made into a movie starring Guy Pearce, Sam Neill, Mirando Otto and Rebecca Gibney. 
Price: 32.95 AUD
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The Gatton Murders [used book][hard to get], Stephanie Bennett
13 The Gatton Murders [used book][hard to get]
Stephanie Bennett Australia MacMillan 2004 1405035749 / 9781405035743 Soft cover Very Good Book Trade Paperback 
Boxing Day, 1898. Three members of the Murphy family Michael, Ellen and Norah are returning to the family farm after a trip into Gatton, a small Queensland town. On a deserted, moonlit road a few miles out of town they are ambushed. Their horse is shot and the Murphys, all aged in their twenties, are taken to a remote paddock where they are bludgeoned and shot, and the women brutally raped. So begins the story of an horrific and baffling crime. What followed was a hopelessly bungled investigation, and the crime remained unsolved. Fear and mistrust rocked the farming community, and theories about the perpetrator abounded. Stephanie Bennett's detailed examination of this unsolved crime brings a new and disturbing theory to the surface. The result is a chilling and challenging whodunit. 
Price: 30.00 AUD
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Murder Mystery and Massacre: Chilling Stories from our Pioneering Past, Tony Matthews
14 Murder Mystery and Massacre: Chilling Stories from our Pioneering Past
Tony Matthews Australia Boolarong Press 2017 1925522369 / 9781925522365 Softcover New Book 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.6 cm 
Murder Mystery and Massacre: Chilling Stories from our Pioneering Past. Imagine what it would be like to be trapped deep underground, surrounded by nothing but rock and a fortune in gold, but also to have no way out - no hope of survival. What would have been going through the mind of the SS Gothenburg's captain when he ralized that his beautiful ship - laden with gold, was heading straight for the bottom of the sea? These extraordinary stories and many more are described vividly in Murder, Mystery and Massacre - Chilling stories from our Pioneering Past. There are astonishing stories of murder shipwreck, lost treasure, disasters, intriguing mysteries and even real life 'whodunits' that will leave you gasping with surprise. From the beautiful to the bizarre and from great sadness to great joy, Australian author Tony Matthews has brough to life a rich selection of astonishing true stories from the colourful and controversial days of early Australia. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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On Father's Day: Cindy Gambino's shattering account of Robert Farquharson murdering her children, Megan Norris and Cindy Gambino
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The Gatton Murders [used book][hard to get], Stephanie Bennett
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All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon
All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings
Matthew Condon
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Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book], John Elias and Josh Massoud
Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book]
John Elias and Josh Massoud
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In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book], Barbara Biggs
In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book]
Barbara Biggs
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Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book], John Silvester and Andrew Rule
Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book]
John Silvester and Andrew Rule
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True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book], Lisa Davies
True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book]
Lisa Davies
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