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Killing Juanita by Peter Rees

Important book about the disappearance of Juanita Nielsen on 4 July 1975. Very good on her own background and also that of property developer Frank Theeman, whose endeavours she was opposing. Nielsen’s disappearance was a seminal event in Sydney’s criminal history, because it shocked the city and drew attention to… Keep Reading

Peter Doyle

Doyle’s four-book series about knockabout Billy Glasheen is set in the period from the 1940s to the early 1970s. The attention to detail is impressive and Doyle’s lippy character, world weary and cool, has proved popular, with the novels winning several awards. The Big Whatever is set in a time – the late 1960s and… Keep Reading

Peter Robb

In the 1990s Peter Robb wrote two novellas set all or partly in Sydney, Final Cut (1995) and Pig’s Blood. These have been published both alone and in the volume Pig’s Blood and Other Fluids, which also contains his Brazil novella Lime Juice. The novellas are all just 25,000 words in… Keep Reading

Gambling for Love by John Killick

Killick is a career criminal and jailbird, best known for escaping from Silverwater prison in 1999 in a helicopter hijacked at gunpoint by his girlfriend Lucy Dudko. This book covers his life only to 1973 and is a boring record of a typical criminal’s life, with a sometimes violent childhood… Keep Reading

Dirty Deeds

Stylish but uninteresting film based loosely on visit of mafia associate Joe Testa to Sydney in 1969, and the pig-shooting trip to Bourke he made with Lennie McPherson. By acting out the theory of some crime writers that the mafia came to Sydney, it reveals its absurdity. Why would the American mafia have… Keep Reading

Blue Murder

Impressive two-part TV drama based closely on the relationship between corrupt detective Roger Rogerson and criminal Neddy Smith, which led to the shooting by Rogerson of heroin dealer Warren Lanfranchi in 1981. Lanfranchi was a rogue crook who had got out of control of corrupt police and needed to be taken… Keep Reading

The Dodger by Duncan McNab

Informed and at times unexpectedly sympathetic biography of Roger Rogerson by former detective Duncan McNab. Like his mentor Ray Kelly and many other detectives before him, Rogerson was an effective and brave officer who became too close to the criminals he was supposed to be controlling, and in the opinion of many observers… Keep Reading

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