2008

The Butcherbird

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Jack Beaumont, architect turned property developer, is as surprised as the next person when he is approached by insurance tycoon Mac Biddulph to become the new CEO of HOA, the largest home-insurer in Australia. Seduced at first by the lure of power, Jack soon finds that beneath the glamorous facade of the Sydney business elite lies a convoluted network of corruption. Out of his depth and pursued by piranhas in a fish tank full of money, Jack must unravel the elusive threads or become ensnared himself.

ISBN: 
9781741750393
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2008

Breaking the Bank: An extraordinary colonial robbery

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

It was the largest bank robbery in Australian history. On Sunday 14 September 1828, thieves tunnelled through a sewage drain into the vault of Sydney's Bank of Australia and stole 14 000 in notes and cash - the equivalent of $20 million in today's currency. This audacious group of convicts not only defied the weekly exhortation 'thou shalt not steal!', they targeted the bank owned by the colony's self-anointed nobility.

Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2008

An Irresistible Temptation: The true story of Jane New and a colonial scandal

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

In 1829 at the Supreme Court in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New was sentenced to death. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of printed French silk. But was she guilty? Many had their doubts.

Although a legal technicality soon quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her free. Like bees to the honey pot, the gentlemen of Sydney swarmed to Jane's defence including barrister and political agitator William Charles Wentworth and Supreme Court Registrar John Stephen Jr, who were both vigorous and manipulative in their appeals to set her free.

Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2008

Underbelly - The Gangland War

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

First he got lucky.

Then he got life.

They called Carl Williams 'The Truth' but the truth was he was just a fat kid with a pill press and a taste for fast food, fast women and fast bucks.  He got lucky the day Jason Moran shot him in the belly instead of in the head.  Carl didn't return the favour:  one by one, Moran and his brother and father and their mates were shot dead during an underworld war that was really an extermination program.

ISBN: 
0977544060
Series: 
Underbelly
Publisher: 
Sly Ink
Year of Publication: 
2008

Broken Swallow

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Detective Sergeant Sam Mornington's life is a mess. Having lost his only child to leukemia two years prior, his marriage is now falling apart. So when he is assigned the task of investigating the death of a missing psychiatric patient, he is initially relieved to have the distraction. However, what appears to be a straightforward case of drug overdose, soon escalates with the discovery of a second body.

ISBN: 
0977564444
Year of Publication: 
2008

Lives of Crime

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Here is the criminal underground at work: gangland warriors, serial killers, drug dealers and thieves. Melbourne gangland figures Mick Gatto and Andrew 'Benji' Veniamin and their final, fatal encounter; Peter Dupas, the nerdish–looking serial killer who makes your skin crawl; as well as other, lesser–known names – sex–killer Derek Percy who haunted a lost little boy to his death; the man of God who broke the eighth commandment; the murders behind the infamous Arnott's poisoned biscuit extortion.

ISBN: 
9780732286095
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2008

Dead Man Running

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

They'll come after me. I really am a dead man running."The Australian Federal police have identified motorcycle gangs as the greatest organised crime threat in Australia - more potentially harmful to the community than any terrorist cell. This book tells the bloody story of the criminal involvement of the feared Bandidos gang - and how one man broke their code and turned informant.'We are the people our parents warned us about' is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world's most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs.

ISBN: 
9781741754636
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2008

Scattered : The Inside Story of Ice in Australia

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

An act of violence while on crystal meth seems to burst boundaries; the perpetrator keeps on hitting and hitting, not knowing why, just going on beyond any purpose or restraint, repeating the action as mindlessly as playing cards or popping Sudafeds out of blister packs.Crystal methamphetamine. Crystal meth. Crystal. Ice. A drug that came out of nowhere and instantly turned things upside down: for users, their families, police, healthcare workers and victims of the random, hyper-violent crimes that are the mark of ice. Nearly 1 in 10 Australians have tried ice.

Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2008

Ghostlines

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Philip Trudeau, a once-respected investigative journalist, has stepped on the wrong toes.  With his personal life and health deteriorating around him, he is consigned to a suburban newspaper where he writes 'filler' local news articles to be slotted in among the real-estate and restaurant advertisements.  Sent to cover what appears to be a tragic-yet-routine death at a level crossing, Philip is drawn into a multilayered mystery that involves art theft, political intrigue and business corruption... not to mention murder.

Sub Genre: 
Paranormal
ISBN: 
9781921372049
Location: 
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Scribe
Year of Publication: 
2008

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