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Sex and the Vatican

'How much filth there is in the Church,' said Cardinal Ratzinger, who also discovered the extent of the "closet" through a secret report ... that was one of the major reasons for his resignation.' Keep Reading

World War Noir

Sydney’s unpatriotic war … a new book by Duffy and Hordern in their unique blend of true crime and history. Turns out not everyone in Sydney was behind the war effort, the city was abuzz with loose women and fast men – the deserters and black marketeers – sly grog,… Keep Reading

Sydney’s Great Unknown Crime Novelist

Richard Beasley is just about the best crime novelist writing about Sydney at the moment, and among the best in the country, so long as you include courtroom dramas as crime books. His Peter Tanner series is world class, with two out so far – Cyanide Games and The Burden… Keep Reading

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“Mum’s Place”

Sandwiched between a long-standing Japanese restaurant and a trendy barbershop in now very gentrified Surry Hills is a newly-renovated terrace with a colourful past. For nearly 40 years after the First World War, 212 Devonshire Street was “Mum’s Place” – the headquarters and command centre of one of Sydney’s biggest… Keep Reading

Last Drinks for Harvey Jones

It started with a middy of VB. Or 30. When he wasn’t drug-dealing, prostitute-running, raping, robbing or murdering, the notorious Arthur “Neddy” Smith enjoyed crawling Sydney’s seediest pubs from Chinatown’s Covent Garden Hotel to Alexandria’s Star Hotel, from where he and sidekick Graham “Abo” Henry ran their “green-lit” heroin operation,… Keep Reading

Police Rowers

An interesting link between several corrupt police officers was their participation in competitive rowing. Possibly this sport’s popularity, among police generally, was due to the fact it was the international version of the surf boat competitions common off Sydney’s beaches. The seminal event was the participation by the all-police Men’s… Keep Reading

Real Detectives

The ABC RN has had  a beaut interview with Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin and ex-cop and author Duncan McNab, about some of the differences between crime in books and on screen, and crime in life. There are some fascinating insights in the story on the ABC website, which links to… Keep Reading

BAD: Crime on film, this Sunday

This weekend the first BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival kicks off. See the website for details. One session we highly recommend is a panel discussion of crime on film and TV. The panel is first-rate. Sue Turnbull, who reviews crime fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald, Graeme Blundell, who does… Keep Reading

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