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Three Crooked Kings : Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the True Story of Crime and Corruption in Queensland - Matthew Condon

Three Crooked Kings

Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the True Story of Crime and Corruption in Queensland

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The first of two explosive investigative books – Underbelly meets the narrative storytelling of Chloe Hooper and Helen Garner

In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s.

Three Crooked Kings follows Lewis’ journey through the ranks, as he becomes part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glenn Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof. The alleged suicide of prostitute and brothel madam Shirley Brifman in the early 1970s provides the turning point for a culture that reigned unchecked for several decades. It was part of a grand narrative teeming with murder, pay-offs, political machinations, drug heists, assisted suicides, police in-fighting and a complicated system of corruption that ultimately collapsed under its own weight.

Based on unprecedented interviews with Terry Lewis and access to his personal papers, Three Crooked Kings is the missing piece in the puzzle of the story of Queensland’s endemic generational corruption. It is a searing story of greed, crime and corruption. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed Queensland society; an impact that reverberates across the country to this day.

About the Author

Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane in 1962 and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. He is the author of several novels and short story collections, including The Motorcycle Cafe, A Night at the Pink Poodle, The Pillow Fight and Lime Bar. He is also the recipient of two Steel Rudd awards for short fiction.

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  • Well written (8)
  • Relevant (7)
  • Easy to understand (6)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)

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    Shows Queensland is not perfect

    This book is well researched and written and shows how corruption in high places can happen and does. With good investigative journalism these corrupt people will always be exposed. This book shows how it...Read complete review

    This book is well researched and written and shows how corruption in high places can happen and does. With good investigative journalism these corrupt people will always be exposed. This book shows how it starts and how they were brought undone.

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    No minor detail left unexplored

    An interesting read, but sometimes got bogged down in too many minor factual details for me. A book that anyone from this period of time in Queensland modern history should find interesting, but...Read complete review

    An interesting read, but sometimes got bogged down in too many minor factual details for me. A book that anyone from this period of time in Queensland modern history should find interesting, but may lack a little for those not familiar with the names of the players and landmarks- mostly hotels, nightclubs and brothels, refered to throughout.
    For me, just a little too young to have been around for all but the last few years that the book relates to (up until the appointment of Lewis as Police commisioner), it read a little too much like a newspaper story- not surprising as the author is a well respected Queensland journalist. However, in saying that, I now look forward to the follow up book, which continues on through the mid to late seventies and eighties, the time when I was growing up in Brisbane and becoming familiar with the unique political landscape of this State, devouring the pages of the Courier Mail daily throughout the Fitzgerald Enquiry, secretly hoping to recognise the names of any of the bit players. I have the the hope that it will transport me back to those times of my life, that despite the corruption,fear, sometimes brutality, and poor Governance, everything in my home State seemed more innocent and full of hope than it is now.

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    5.0

    Simply Superb

    By Mark

    from Brisbane, AU

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
    • Relevant
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      • Older Readers

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      The book was simply superb & just couldn't put it down. After finishing it I gave it to my father who is only a casual reader & he too was totally enthralled.

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      5.0

      Three Crooked Kings

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      from West Queensland

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • I Could Read This Book Ma
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        I could read this book over many times and find some thing new each time. So well written and so true exactly to the point.
        Waiting for the third episode

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        1.0

        boring

        By stan

        from gods own

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        • Good Fire Lighter

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            this was a most tedious book to read. light on good hard facts.yawn factor was very high.i do regret parting with good money to buy this rubbish and vol 2

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            4.0

            Don't judge a book by its cover

            By Chooks

            from Toowoomba, Queensland. Australia.

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              Comments about Three Crooked Kings:

              Get me as copy of The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran written in ARABIC, and I'll dance on my hands for you.

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              4.0

              Very riviting book

              By Chris

              from Perth

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                  This book is very educational in that it is queensland history. Very well written.

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                  5.0

                  A Must Read

                  By Cyber

                  from Canberra

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                    Comments about Three Crooked Kings:

                    Tis book was a gift for my brother who devoured it. He had read a review and was so keen to read this book and find out more.

                    He cannot wait for the follow up to be published.

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                    4.0

                    dishonest police

                    By Nona

                    from Toowoomba

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                      delivery pompt.
                      Horrified that we didn't know of such corruption at the time.

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                      4.0

                      Shows Queensland is not perfect

                      By Wally the wascal

                      from Macksville NSW

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                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Informative
                      • Relevant
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Reference
                        • Younger Readers

                        Comments about Three Crooked Kings:

                        This book is well researched and written and shows how corruption in high places can happen and does. With good investigative journalism these corrupt people will always be exposed. This book shows how it starts and how they were brought undone.

                        Comment on this review

                         
                        3.0

                        No minor detail left unexplored

                        By PM

                        from Buderim, Queensland

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                        • Relevant

                        Cons

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                          • Readers From That Period

                          Comments about Three Crooked Kings:

                          An interesting read, but sometimes got bogged down in too many minor factual details for me. A book that anyone from this period of time in Queensland modern history should find interesting, but may lack a little for those not familiar with the names of the players and landmarks- mostly hotels, nightclubs and brothels, refered to throughout.
                          For me, just a little too young to have been around for all but the last few years that the book relates to (up until the appointment of Lewis as Police commisioner), it read a little too much like a newspaper story- not surprising as the author is a well respected Queensland journalist. However, in saying that, I now look forward to the follow up book, which continues on through the mid to late seventies and eighties, the time when I was growing up in Brisbane and becoming familiar with the unique political landscape of this State, devouring the pages of the Courier Mail daily throughout the Fitzgerald Enquiry, secretly hoping to recognise the names of any of the bit players. I have the the hope that it will transport me back to those times of my life, that despite the corruption,fear, sometimes brutality, and poor Governance, everything in my home State seemed more innocent and full of hope than it is now.

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          4.0

                          Queensland underbelly

                          By Filthy coppers

                          from Brisbane, AU

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                          • Deserves Multiple Readings
                          • Easy To Understand
                          • Informative
                          • Relevant
                          • Well Written

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                            • Older Readers
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                            Comments about Three Crooked Kings:

                            The sections are short making them convenient bedtime reading. This the first of a two volume set. I would have preferred a single volume shorter than the sum of the two volumes will be.

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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.

                            Visit Matthew Condon's Booktopia Author Page


                            ISBN: 9780702238918
                            ISBN-10: 0702238910
                            Audience: General
                            Format: Paperback
                            Language: English
                            Number Of Pages: 352
                            Published: 26th February 2013
                            Publisher: University of Queensland Press
                            Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0  x 3.0
                            Weight (kg): 0.46
                            Edition Number: 1