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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

Katherine Howell

Katherine Howell has written an eight-book series about detective Ella Marconi, now concluded. The books draw on Howell’s own background as a paramedic. Note: This entry is what Wikipedia would call a “stub”, the brevity due solely to lack of time. We would welcome more words, from author, publisher or admirers,… Keep Reading

George Freeman: an autobiography

Freeman self-published his memoirs in 1988. Unreliable though they are where his own criminality is concerned, they contain a lot of interesting reflections on the world of crime and the NSW police force. Freeman was one of the most successful of Sydney’s crime bosses, and as this publication suggests, he sometimes… Keep Reading

Sydney Crime Fiction

Relatively little crime fiction based in Sydney was published before the Australian publishing boom of the 1980s. Exceptions included the 18 books by two sisters known as Margot Neville, starting in 1945, and the books by Pat Flower from the 1950s to the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s three… Keep Reading

Gabrielle Lord

Along with Jon Cleary and Peter Corris, Lord was the major Sydney crime novelist in the 1980s and 1990s, and continues be a significant writer. Her first published novel, based on a  real event, was Fortress (1980), published internationally. She has published series about ex-cop PI Gemma Lincoln and forensic scientist… Keep Reading


Two books in, this series about detective Nhu Kelly is impressive. Newton is a former cop and her novels reek of authenticity. Few writers anywhere in the world have captured so accurately what police work is like. Sometime they go a bit too far – too much of repetition, office… Keep Reading

Michael Duffy

Young detective Nicholas Troy is a hard man to like, stuck in a difficult marriage, inarticulate, and mildly depressive. The two multi-viewpoint novels in the series to date are intelligent and delve into how Sydney works to an extent unusual and refreshing in crime novels, withThe Tower looking at construction… Keep Reading

Peter Corris

The Cliff Hardy novels began with The Dying Trade in 1980 and the fortieth, Gun Control, appeared in 2015. They are short and written in the first person. The first few books aspired to some baroque language, but the series then settled down to a plainess of language that matched… Keep Reading

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