I bought this book at last years Crime & Justice festival, and at the time Susanna Lobez was kind enough to sign it with me including the inscription "Stay curious!".
And that is the best way I can recommend this book - staying curious, reading this sort of historical true crime fiction, reminds you that nothing is ever really new. And nothing is ever "the worst it has ever been" or "never before in the history...." or whatever else the media feeds you (obviously I'm thinking of the "Underbelly Wars" here).
Commencing at the beginning of the arrival of the British in Australia, this book takes you right through to the 1990's, outlining the various criminal gangs, crimelords and warlords, as well as their lesser and greater known exploits. So much is touched on - the drug dealing, prostitution, stand-over merchants, infights, murders, and bashings.
And it ranges over a range of different cities, nationalities, groupings, allegiances, loyalties and disloyalties.
This is a great book to read through, or to dip in and out of. And it is a tremendous book to remind you that there's very little new under the sun.