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'It was the genius of the system . . . From day to day you didn't know who was on the take or not. You didn't know who you could trust.'
Three Crooked Kings is the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. From his entry into the force in 1949, Lewis rose through the ranks, becoming part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glendon Patrick Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof.
The next four decades make for a searing tale of cops and killings, bagmen and blackmail, and sin and sleaze that exposes a police underworld which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales. This gripping book exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistleblower Shirley Brifman, prostitute and brothel owner, played until her sudden death.
Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed a state and is still reverberating to this day.
This book is eye opening and riveting in its truths
Good read especially to those who were adults living in and around locations in the book
I cant wait to read the second book.
My mum loved this book
True story well told
I borrowed this book from the library. It was so good I just had to have my own copy. I am looking forward to my next holiday. I will take it with me and read and savour it again. The book is stored in my book shelf along with my other prized books.
Butchman or Ghost
Factually acurate and easy reading, very well written.
Your service is excellent. I was around at the time and knew some of the characters involved. Queensland was not a pleasant place then.
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.
Three Crooked Kings
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
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
Don't judge a book by its cover
Get me as copy of The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran written in ARABIC, and I'll dance on my hands for you.
Toowoomba, Queensland. Australia.
Three Crooked Kings
ISBN: 9780702238918 ISBN-10: 0702238910 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 26th February 2013 Publisher: University of Queensland Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 22.8
Edition Number: 1
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.