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, illegal gambling, and the sound of gunfire in back streets. There was also massive strike action, theft on the wharves, and a Soviet spy ring in the Martin Place office of the Minister for External Affairs.

Says top historian Paul Ham: ‘Here’s the flip side of the Anzac spirit, and it’s squalid, brutal, and grimly captivating.’

Published by NewSouth