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From the bizarre to the brutal to the unbelievable, truth is often stranger than fiction, as these fascinating true stories testify.
Vikki Petraitis has spent hundreds of hours interviewing police - and even accompanying them on active duty - to compile this collection of stories from the frontline of policing.
Commenting on books written by people you know is always a little bit tricky, but one of the things that I always admire about these sorts of books from Petraitis is the way that she can tell somebody's story clearly, compassionately, often with a great sense of humour, but never imposing herself on the telling. This is a book which is very much about the people whose stories are being told. And there are some interesting little snippets not covered in other True Crime books - the perilous retrieval of a woman's body from a sunken submarine; the capture of a brutal child rapist; the search for man lost in the Victorian high country; the story of the death of a man in small town South Australia; and most interestingly the tracking of a pair of suburban cops during a night on the beat.
Recommended as a simple, well told tale of stories from the other side of the standard true crime offering.
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