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


“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

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