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World War Noir : Sydney's Unpatriotic War - Michael Duffy

World War Noir

Sydney's Unpatriotic War

By: Michael Duffy, Nick Hordern

Paperback | 1 April 2019

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It seems that not even world war could stop crime in Sydney. In fact, World War Noir confirms that war and crime — in the form of sex, drugs, alcohol, racketeering and other illicit activities — go hand in hand. A companion book to the later glory days of the Sydney underworld from Sydney Noir, here Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern tell the story of a time when many Australians were not as patriotic as we have been told. With soldiers’ pockets full of cash and the freedom of being on leave, criminal possibilities opened up during World War II.

Told from the ground — or the gutter — up, World War Noir is a raw and broad-ranging tale that confounds expectations and reveals a grittier truth.

About the Authors

Michael Duffy has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and the SunHerald as a reporter of crime and other urban issues. He is the author of crime books - novels and non-fiction - including Call Me Cruel, The Simple Death and Drive By.

Nick Hordern is a former senior writer at the Australian Financial Review and has also worked as a political staffer, diplomat and intelligence analyst. They are the authors of the bestselling Sydney Noir.
Industry Reviews
'A grisly, gangster-strewn glissade through 1940s Sydney. Shows what real Aussies are made of when they don't give a shit about king and country. Here's the flip side of the Anzac spirit, and it's squalid, brutal and grimly captivating.' - Paul Ham

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