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Gangland Australia by James Morton

Gangland Australia

by James Morton

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I bought this book at last years Crime & Justice festival, and at the time Susanna Lobez was kind enough to sign it with me including the inscription "Stay curious!".

And that is the best way I can recommend this book - staying curious, reading this sort of historical true crime fiction, reminds you that nothing is ever really new. And nothing is ever "the worst it has ever been" or "never before in the history...." or whatever else the media feeds you (obviously I'm thinking of the "Underbelly Wars" here).

Commencing at the beginning of the arrival of the British in Australia, this book takes you right through to the 1990's, outlining the various criminal gangs, crimelords and warlords, as well as their lesser and greater known exploits. So much is touched on - the drug dealing, prostitution, stand-over merchants, infights, murders, and bashings.

And it ranges over a range of different cities, nationalities, groupings, allegiances, loyalties and disloyalties.

This is a great book to read through, or to dip in and out of. And it is a tremendous book to remind you that there's very little new under the sun. ( )
  austcrimefiction | Jun 18, 2010 |
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A comprehensive investigation of organized crime in Australia, this study discusses the entire history of crime on the continent—from the forgeries and robberies of early convicts to the recent gangland slayings in Melbourne. Famous faces of Australian crime, such as Squizzy Taylor and Sydney’s East Coast Milieu, along with the con men, robbers, drug dealers, and hoodlums are featured. An examination of the role police officers, lawyers, and politicians have played and their attempts to curb criminal activities, is also included.

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"Gangland Australia details the exploits of an unforgettable cast of villains, crooks and mobsters who have made up the criminal and gangland scene in Australia." "One of Britain's top true crime authors, James Morton, is joined by barrister-turned-legal-broadcaster Susanna Lobez in this fast-paced examination of Australian organised crime. Tracing the developments in and the shifting dynamics of Australia's criminal underworld from the early 1800s until the Melbourne gangland killings of recent years, this is compulsive reading." "Meticulously researched, Gangland Australia follows the rise and fall of Australia's talented conmen, standover men, brothel keepers,; club owners, robbers, ethnic minority crime figures, bikers, drug dealers and contract killers to illustrate how small-time operations have become financially solvent criminal corporations with international links. It also examines the role of police, politicians and lawyers who have helped and hindered the growth of criminal empires." "Vivid and explosive, Gangland Australia is a fascinating survey of Australian criminal activity over nearly two centuries. It should become the definitive work on the subject."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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