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Jacks and Jokers : The extraordinary true story continues - Matthew Condon

Jacks and Jokers

The extraordinary true story continues

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Published: 26th March 2014
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The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings

In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers, the story continues as Terry Lewis becomes police commissioner and the era of corruption at the highest levels of the police and government continues. As the Queensland police become more connected with their colleagues in Sydney, the rise of heavy drugs and crime escalates. Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, two of the original ‘crooked kings’, become more enmeshed with ‘The Joke’ which is run by bagman Jack Herbert.

Jacks and Jokers introduces new characters, more extraordinary behaviour outside the law by the law, and along the way charts the meteoric rise of police commissioner Terry Lewis, documenting events up until the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s.

Once again, award-winning journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has drawn from unprecedented access to Terry Lewis, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators to craft the definitive account of the rise – and spectacular fall – of one man, an entire state and over a generation of corruption.

About the Author

Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the Courier-Mail’s Qweekend magazine. He began his journalism career with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982 and subsequently worked for leading newspapers and journals including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and Melbourne's Sunday Age. He is also the author of ten books of fiction, most recently The Trout Opera (Random House, 2008) and the non-fiction book Brisbane, (New South Books, 2010).

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      Strikes a chord for those of us around at the time, can't wait for the 3rd installment

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      No Joke at All!

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        A most interesting commentary on a sorry period in the history of the Queensland government and police force.

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            Great read. Well written takes you right into the book like your a character watching part of our history unfold. Can't wait for the next book of the trilogy.

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              Having worked with a number of these guys, brings it all to life even more.

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              Matthew Condon

              Journalist and writer, Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. His first book, The Motorcycle Cafe , was widely reviewed and praised. Usher and The Ancient Guild of Tycoons were both shortlisted for the NBC Banjo Award for Fiction. A Night at the Pink Poodle and The Lulu Magnet won back-to-back Steele Rudd Awards for Short Fiction. His bestseller , The Trout Opera was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Prize for Fiction.

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              ISBN: 9780702249969
              ISBN-10: 0702249963
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 472
              Published: 26th March 2014
              Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.1  x 3.56
              Weight (kg): 22.7
              Edition Number: 1