Tom Gilling

Announcing the 2017 Ned Kelly Award Shortlists

The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

#amreading Code of Silence, Colin Dillon with Tom Gilling

Book Title: 

One from a long weekend pretty much spent reading.

From the Blurb:

The powerful true story of the first police officer to lift the lid on police corruption in Queensland and what then happened to him.

'Wherever there is power and money, there is always the risk of corruption. But everyone has a choice: to become involved or to take a stand against it.'

Colin Dillon is an extraordinary man. He was the first Indigenous policeman in Australia. But that is actually a very small part of his story.

Code of Silence

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

The powerful true story of the first police officer to lift the lid on police corruption in Queensland and what then happened to him.

'Wherever there is power and money, there is always the risk of corruption. But everyone has a choice: to become involved or to take a stand against it.'

Colin Dillon is an extraordinary man. He was the first Indigenous policeman in Australia. But that is actually a very small part of his story.

ISBN: 
9781760290580
Location: 
Queensland
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2016

Evil Life

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

The Calabrian Mafia in Australia is alive and well. This is the first time its real story in this country has ever been told.

The Calabrian mafia is Australia's oldest, largest and most ruthless crime syndicate, trafficking drugs worth billions of dollars and laundering the proceeds through sophisticated international networks.

ISBN: 
9781742374925
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2016

Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - True Crime

This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Preferably before the 2016 Submissions List is released although there are days when I think I might have bitten off more than I can possibly chew. Still - getting there :)

Starting out with the True Crime list because I CLEARLY have some work to do here:

The Bagman

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Blurb from the book

Confessions of corrupt policeman Jack Herbert, whose evidence in the Fitzgerald Inquiry was to bring a police force to its knees. Jack Herbert's sensational confessions helped send a police commissioner and a cabinet minister to gaol. They led to the most sweeping shakeout of a police force in Australian history.

ISBN: 
9780733314124
Publisher: 
ABC Books
Year of Publication: 
2004

Dreamland

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the Book

When Nick Carmody agrees to take the fall for his old friend Danny Grogan, he has no idea what he's setting in motion.

He doesn't know that the path he chooses will be a thousand times more dangerous than the one he's leaving behind.

Or that he will fall in love with a woman who enters his life in the most unpredictable way.

And it is merely chance that has taken over the direction of his life?  Or are more sinister forces at work?

ISBN: 
978-1-921145-79-7
Location: 
Sydney
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2008

Betrayed

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Blurb from the book:

'I've cheated, lied and deceived people. I've ruined marriages, ruined lives, ruined relationships, ruined the health of others, not to mention my own.'

What is it really like to live as an undercover cop? Joe and Jessie joined the NSW Police believing they could make a difference, but their whole life became a lie. They were cops pretending to be crooks. And their targets? Drug dealers, criminal gangs and, worst of all, bent police.

ISBN: 
9781741759631
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2010

Smack Express

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Blurb from the book:

Organised crime in Australia doesn't just exist on our television screens. The real world of serious crime operates every day and in every state of the country. It is a multi-billion dollar business and at its core are the drug trade and a world of secrecy and self-protection where intimidation and violence are used as the first and only resort.

ISBN: 
9781742372082
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2010

Blood Money

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Blurb from the book:

Organised crime in Australia is more reckless and more violent than ever before. Controlled by a new wave of gangland bosses, it has broken old taboos and formed alliances that would have once been unthinkable.

So who now holds the power? There are the Middle Eastern gangs whose core business is drugs, the sale and stockpiling of dangerous weapons, extortion and large-scale fraud; the outlaw motorcycle gangs with their fortified club houses and amphetamine labs; and the Calabrian Mafia, always dangerous and opportunistic.

ISBN: 
9781742371870
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2010