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Subtitled "The Life and Times of Billy 'The Texan' Longley" this is a book about one of the well known Melbourne underworld figures - Billy Longley.  A member of the notorious Painters and Dockers Union, this book is written by Rochelle Jackson based on interviews and discussions directly with Longley.

From the Blurb:

Billy 'The Texan' Longley was a member of the Painters and Dockers Union and one of the most feared men on the docks during the 1960s and 1970s.  He is an old-time villain 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 union state secretary, Pat Shannon, and he has been charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and what was then Australia's biggest hold up.

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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.

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