A mesmerising account of the turbulent life of one of the most notorious standover men on the Melbourne docks during the 1960s and 1970s.

'Looking back on my life, I regret the violence I've been involved in. But the waterfront was dangerous. If you were a member of one faction or another, you could finish up with your head shot off.'

Billy Longley was a member of the Painters and Dockers Union and one of the most feared and hated men on the docks during the 1960s and 1970s. He is an old-time villain known as 'the Texan' because he wore a Stetson and carried a Colt 45. He is from an era when men lived by a code and stood by their mates. But 'the Texan' is no gent. He has served time for the murder of a union state secretary and he has been charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and what was then Australia's biggest hold-up. He was once described as 'extremely cunning, very patient and very, very deadly.'

'The Texan' has never before broken his code of silence. That is how this shrewd operator survived the gun battles and the gangland slayings and went on to outlive them all. Now in this riveting account he divulges his secrets ... In Your Face gives it to you straight.


Rochelle Jackson

Rochelle Jackson was born in Melbourne and grew up in a police family. She began her career in country Victoria and Sydney as a journalist in television and radio. Later she worked as a TV producer and investigative researcher for 'Today, Tonight', 'Australian Story', 'New Dimensions', 'Watchdog', SBS TV and radio news services and TVNZ's 'Sixty Minutes'. She specialises in crime and police stories. Currently she is based in Melbourne and is working as a freelance journalist.

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