UPDATE: THE former wife of the Sultan of Brunei has obtained a court injunction stopping distribution of a best-selling book on the murder of Michael McGurk, the Sydney developer, conman and extortionist. SMH.
Finally, the true story of that very public murder whose investigation uncovered dark and crooked business dealings reaching into the upper echelons of the Labor Party.
In September 2009 Sydney business man Michael McGurk was executed in a professional hit on the driveway of his North Shore house. With a single shot to the head the property developer, doting father and generous Catholic parishioner was revealed as a violent loan shark, stand over merchant and extortionist who didn’t care who he cheated.
His murder may have gone unnoticed had it not lifted the lid on some of the darker ways of doing business Sydney-style. And those caught up in his web included high profile Labor identities, hell-bent property developers, a merchant bank and even the Sultan of Brunei. Fuelled by drugs and alcohol, McGurk tried to scam them all.
As compelling and fast-paced as any thriller, this is the true story of a man who thought he could do anything and get away with it. It is also the story of a very public murder. Sometimes life really is stranger than fiction…
Richard Vereker knew Michael McGurk as well as anybody could, although not as well as he thought. Mark Abernethy is best known as a thriller writer whose books include Golden Serpent, Second Strike and Double Back. He has also been a journalist writing for a number of newspapers including the Australian Financial Review.
Isn’t it time you found out what was behind a professional hit which took place in a suburban street not unlike your own?
24.08.2010Booktopia Comment: Due to legal proceedings the sale of The Fast Life And Sudden Death Of Michael McGurk has been halted by the publisher. The publisher is still accepting backorders, however, and should the book become available those orders will be filled. Should the book be cancelled, customers who have placed backorders will have their money refunded. Thank you.
Full SMH article: here…
Daily Telegraph: here…
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