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The Crimes of Lennie Lawson

One of the strangest of Sydney's murderers was successful comic artist Lennie Lawson, creator of The Lone Avenger and the Hooded Rider. Lawson also ran a photographic studio, and in 1954 was hired to photograph five models at Terrey Hills.
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True Crime

The Dark Side by Small and Gilling

Amazing story of Mark Standen, third most powerful officer in the NSW Crime Commission until his arrest for corruption in 2008 and subsequent conviction. Always a flakey character, with a major gambling addiction, chaotic private life, and an expensive relationship with a work colleague half his age – how did… Keep Reading

The Clarke Gang

Peter C Smith is author of The Clarke Gang, the comprehensive history of a strangely little known gang of bushrangers who operated in the 1860s around the lonely Braidwood area in New South Wales, and murdered as many as seven people. Coming from a family of bush criminals, Thomas and John… Keep Reading

Bad by Michael Duffy

When Terry Falconer’s body turned up in the Hastings River in eight parcels in 2001, detective Gary Jubelin was assigned the investigation. It took  decade and led him to Anthony Perish, one of Australia’s most feared – and unknown – major criminals. Along the way, Jubelin uncovered a major amphetamine-manufacturing… Keep Reading

Blood Money by Clive Small and Tom Gilling

Drug Traffic, Al McCoy’s magisterial history of Australian organised crime from the beginning, concluded in 1980. Smack Express (2009) by Small and Gilling took the story through to the end of the century. Blood Money (2010) to some extent overlaps the period covered by the previous book, although at times… Keep Reading

Bob Bottom

Bottom is Australia’s pre-eminent crime expert outside of law enforcement agencies, and through a series of ground-breaking articles and books in the 1970s and 1980s was largely responsible for alerting Australians to the existence of organised crime and for many government inquiries and royal commissions into the subject. He gained… Keep Reading

Brothers in Arms by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey

Definitive account of the Milperra Massacre, the shoot-out between the Comancheros and Bandidos bikie gangs in western Sydney on Fathers Day in 1984, when seven people died. An important book on outlaw motorcycle gangs and a classic of Australian true crime writing. Keep Reading

Call Me Cruel by Michael Duffy

Paul Wilkinson was Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer at Redfern Police Station when he began an affair with trainee nurse Kylie Labourchardiere. Both were married. They exchanged over 20,000 text messages in four months and Kylie became pregnant and threatened to tell Wilkinson’s wife unless he left her. Wilkinson killed Kylie… Keep Reading

Can of Worms II by Evan Whitton

Whitton claimed never to have discovered a new fact, but to have made his considerable impact through the practice of what he called “pattern journalism”, the meticulous gathering of accessible detail and its arrangement in order, to reveal meaning. This 1986 book is full of good things, not least a long… Keep Reading

The Crimes of Patriots by Jonathan Kwitny

Definitive account of the Nugan Hand Bank. This superb piece of 1988 investigative journalism by late Wall Street Journal reporter Kwitny was never published in Australia, perhaps due to fears of defamation action. Draws partly on (acknowledged) reporting by the National Times, but contains much, much more. Keep Reading

Crooks Like Us by Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle has selected historical mug shots of uncanny interest from the collection of the Sydney Justice & Police Museum for this follow-up to his similar and very successful book City of Shadows.  Both are published by the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust and are absolutely fascinating and have attracted interest… Keep Reading

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